The Best Play You'll See This Year

Fifty years after its Broadway debut, Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" returns to the Great White Way.

Photo by Michael Brosilow/courtesy of Jeffrey Richards Associates

Fifty years after their Broadway debut, George and Martha—the hard-drinking, acid-tongued couple at the center of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—are returning to the Great White Way.

Three reasons why this latest production is not to be missed:

1. It's staged by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, arguably the greatest troupe in America, which launched the careers of John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and Joan Allen, among others.

2. As George, the playwright Tracy Letts, who won the Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County, proves his acting is just as deserving of awards.

3. Letts and the Tony-nominated Amy Morton, who plays Martha, have a chemistry that's every bit as emotionally scorching as that of the most famous pair of leads—Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor—without a crazy real-life marriage to draw on.

Previews begin September 27. Opens October 13.

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—Laurence Lowe, senior editor at Details

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