An intense and gripping play, that demands a lot from its cast of four. The Miller Centre Theatre Company are not shy of tackling challenging plays and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Is a challenge they’ve dealt with admirably.
Mark Pendry is the manipulative and put upon husband George, he delivers his cutting remarks with rapier sharpness and magnificently goes from cool and collected to loud and brash. Anne Page as his wife Martha of 23 years, shows a stoney hearted and devious side, yet as the play develops we can see the pain she’s suffered. Katie Kavanagh as the dizzy Honey is superb and has some of the funniest moments of the play, which she does not waste. Sean Herbert as the dashing young biologist Nick is excellent, especially as this is his first time on stage – congratulations Sean, you looked at home in the brilliant set Keith Orton has designed. The attention to detail in the set is remarkable and really makes you feel you’re in their living room.
Jacquelyn Winter’s direction keeps the pace going and as this is an in the round production, she keeps the movement of the cast done with great subtlety, so that you seldom have them with their backs to you.
The play itself caused a great stir when it originally came out in 1962, and even today, the antics of George and Martha are quite shocking. Yet Albee brings out the issues of marriage, infidelity, childlessness, professional failure and stagnation with great skill and confronts us with them. Act three is called The Exorcism, and shows how we all have issues we need to exorcise.
The play is on until October 29th, I really recommend this, it’s a gripping play, that is superbly acted and creatively directed, what more could you want? Well the price of only £7 is the icing on the cake!