Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Stark Naked Theatre Promises to be a Roller Coaster Ride of Emotion

Come over to our house and watch my husband and me fight. Sound like a night from hell?

Well, famed playwright Edward Albee decided that was good material for an examination of the truths and lies in modern marriage, tossed in some humor, brilliant writing and touching moments, and came up with the 1963 Tony Award-winning Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – a work not for the faint of heart in either content or length.

Clocking in at three hours with two intermissions, it rips apart the relationship between college professor George and his wife, Martha, daughter of the college president, while a younger couple, Nick and Honey, look on and eventually, unable to escape, become embroiled in the evening’s events. Why don't they just leave?  Well, they'e supposed to be there and there's the little matter of Honey getting drunk and making several trips to the bathroom.

“It’s not just two people screaming at each other,” says Stark Naked Theatre’s Philip Lehl, who will play George opposite his wife, Kim Tobin-Lehl, as Martha. Matt Hune and Teresa Zimmerman play the younger couple Nick and Honey, who , as it turns out, have their own set of problems.

“It’s a reflection of society and our facades,” says Tobin-Lehl. “It’s stripping the cover off illusion in a marriage.” But all is not hatred and bile, Tobin-Lehl says. “It’s also about love. In order to have the stamina to fight, you have to have love.”

Tobin-Lehl says she has wanted to play this role since she was 25 but wanted to wait until she was old enough to do it. 

So gird up your stamina to see one of the most important works of the 20th century.

Performances are scheduled for March 3-26 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Spring Street Studios. Studio 101, 1824 Spring Street.  For information, call 832-866-6514 or visit $15-$49. Pay what you can Monday March 21, 7:30 p.m. 

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