Review: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Rapture Theatre Company
Theatre Royal until 3 Jun

2 Stars (2 / 5)

This production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by Michael Emans, can be described in the exact words Lyn McAndrew uses for the synopsis in the program booklet. It “may be seen as successful, but… unlikely ever to meet their self-constructed, perceived potential.” The superb writing does not lift off the page to the stage. The show begins at a slower-than-necessary pace, forgivable considering that it is 2 in the morning and both George (Robin Kingsland) and Martha (Sara Stewart) are no longer in their youth. However, two-and-a-half hours of this rhythm becomes a chore. Keen to milk every beat, moment and silence, or perhaps aiming to be so true-to-life that it challenges the need for any dramatic build.

That being said, the show’s blatant comedy is received with appreciative laughs from the audience, keeping them engaged from top to tail. Rose Reynolds is a delightfully refreshing Honey; despite two hours of drunk acting, she injects energy into the scene and remains intriguing to the audience. It would be nice to see how the breakdown of George and Martha’s facade affects Honey and her husband Nick (Paul Albertson), who seem way too familiar with such behaviour despite only first meeting earlier that evening.