So yeah, I saw Patrick Stewart and Mercedes Ruehl in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Guthrie Theater on Tuesday night.
It's a fabulous production, and though the play is over three hours long, it flew by. Very funny, poignant, thought-provoking, sad, and impressive. I heard plenty of people talking about what an endurance test it was to watch such a "horrible play," because all the "nasty people do is fight," but I went with a couple of skeptics who owned up to the fact that the play really moved along and was quite funny, even if at times hard to watch (for some folks). I imagine it's harder for Minnesotans to take than folks from other parts of the world. The movie version always left me cold, but this version is fabulous. Part of a very smart move by the Guthrie folks.
I received the tickets I ordered for this play in the mail a couple of days ago. Going to the March 17 matinee and very much looking forward to the production. I was disappointed I missed Stewart's one-man Christmas Carol and look forward to an excellent performance by him. I'm trying to remember where my memory of Mercedes Ruehl comes from; perhaps her role in The Fisher King was it (I never watched Frasier much).
I wonder if seeing it with my SO is a good idea. On the one hand, being in a long-term relationship will let us identify with George and Martha a bit. On the other hand, maybe we'll end up identifying too much! ;-)
Well, it should definately be entertaining.
Posted by: Peter Hentges at March 1, 2001 01:16 PM