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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Reader's Diary #1940 Edward Albee: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A couple of weeks back the Simpsons spoofed Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and only because I was in the middle of reading it, coincidentally, did I recognize it. The spoof itself didn't work. It wasn't funny, it was an overly long sequence, and it seemed weird. It was also not so much a spoof as it was merely Marge and Homer doing the play.

Which is to say that the play itself isn't funny, is overly long, and weird. It's also nasty. The entire play involves a dysfunctional couple who invite another couple to their house and for the entire evening (actually really early morning), play cruel, emotional mind games with one another, dragging the newcomers into their twisted hobby.

Actually, now that I write it out, it actually seems interesting and like something I could get into. In actuality however, I found it suffocating and annoying. Perhaps it's meant to trigger in the audience the same sort of emotions felt by the unfortunate house guests? But it also felt artificial. None of the dialogue rang true at all. It was set in the early 60s so I get that there'd be some slang of the day that  I'd not be accustomed to, but none of these conversations felt believable. It's not so much the content either as I'm sure there are emotionally abusive couples out there. I also realize there are eccentric types out there. Even above and beyond that though it seemed artificial and I was never able to suspend my belief. I think I'd hate seeing this live.

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