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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1986)
Young Vic / London
Playwright: Edward Albee
Cast: Patrick Stewart (George), Billie Whitelaw (Martha)
Set on the campus of a small New England college, the play centers on history professor George and his wife Martha. Bogged down by mediocrity, George has been unable to fulfill his wife's expectations of success. Martha's constant criticism of George and George's indifference toward Martha characterize their relationship. Into this volatile environment enter Nick, a handsome and promising young biologist, and his wife Honey, invited over for a nightcap.
As the evening progresses, the couple reveal an intensely disturbing universe of frustrations, anger, and mutual recriminations as they move from the intial amiable "social" visit to a ghastly domestic battleground, drowned in nonstop liquor drinking. In the course of the dramatic action, entirely confined within a living room, virtually nothing is left unsoiled, and no one escapes the destructive wrath of irreconcilable conflicts.
Note: For his role as George, Stewart won Best Actor from the London Fringe Awards.