A dark comedy, it portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. By the evening’s end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. With the play’s razor-sharp dialogue and the stripping away of social pretense, Newsweek rightly foresaw Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as “a brilliantly original work of art—an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire [that] will be igniting Broadway for some time to come.”
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Let's set the scene...
Rory's heart was broken by Dean the night before and instead of wallowing, she decides to be productive.
[Pan to morning. Lorelai’s bedroom]
Rory: Mom get up.
Lorelai: Rory what’s the matter?
Rory: Nothing, I just want to get started. I made a list of all the things we say we’re going to do on the weekend but then when the weekend comes around you say they’re too boring to actually do on a weekend day, so then you say we’ll do them during the week, which of course we never do. So I think that we should get them all out of the way today once and for all. And to make it interesting, we should come up with like a reward system so once we’re done with everything on the list we could go get manicures or we could go to the Swiss place for fondue for dinner or we could stuff our purses full of Sour Patch Kids and Milk Duds and go see the Stars Hollow Elementary School production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.’
First of all, I'd like to thank Edward Albee for gifting me with such lovely way to address people... such as "Angel Boobs" and "Monkey Nipples". I am thoroughly looking forward to the first time I can use those in daily conversation.
Secondly, thanks for depressing the ever-lovin' hell out of me, Eddie! The complete and total destruction of a marriage brought on by the inability to conceive a child is already devastating... nevermind adding the mind-numbing and soul-sucking effort George and Martha put into hurting each other as much as possible. Edward Albee accurately documents the interpersonal communication between a couple whose love is toxic. He shows the care behind all of the pain and anger that George and Martha aim at each other throughout the three act play. In the end, you know that their violence to each other is born out of crushed dreams they once shared. The story is absolutely heartbreaking. But beautiful in it's sadness.
Who do I see reading this in the Stars Hollow gazebo?
Although he eventually finds comfort in love with Lorelai, Luke begins the series as someone who has become embittered to the idea of monogamy as he observes relationships around him. However, deep inside he is always (if silently) rooting for love to win.