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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
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Feb 02, 2011

it was amazing
Read in April, 2009

George and Martha return home after a party and Martha informs him that they are having guests over for an after-party. Nick and Honey arrive, who are much younger and all together different than George and Martha, and the party starts with idle conversation. It is clear from the beginning that George and Martha have some unresolved issues that George constantly brings up laced under witty dialog and stories. This is a strong character piece which is why it worked so well as a cinematic medium; the characters stay true to themselves while constantly bucking heads with each other. As the night progresses the conversations become more personal and Martha speaks of their son. It is in this moment that George changes as a character, he becomes a man with a specific mission. He wants to hurt Martha and make her understand his control over everything. Honey, a somewhat flighty character in the first place, gets drunk therefore leaving Nick to fend for himself against George's rants. This stage play takes place mostly in the house which gives the characters little chance to use setting as a crutch. The conflict erupts in the end as each character is pushed to their personal limits, even the ugly truth comes out forcibly making them all look at it.
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