Theatre: A riveting reflection on the death of a relationship

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; By Edward Albee; Directed by David Grindley; Gate Theatre, Dublin, until June 11; Rating: *****

8th May, 2016
Fiona Bell in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee at the Gate Theatre in Dublin Picture: Pat Redmond

Both Martha and George are well versed in this ritual of humiliation and degradation. As Nick (a stoic Mark Huberman) and Honey (a dazed but engaged Sophie Robinson) sit uncomfortably on either side of the couch, heads bobbing back and forth like spectators at a tennis match, Martha and George launch verbal grenades across the room at each other. “Phrasemaker”, “sulk”, “zero”, screams Martha. “Sourpuss”, “vulgar girl”, “monster” counters George. And worst of all, “child-mentioner”....

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