History Theatre / WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf

24th Sep '17 7:20:57 PM nombretomado
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** Martha quotes a line ("What a dump!") from the Creator/BetteDavis movie ''BeyondTheForest'' (but she can't remember the title) which is mainly remembered for this reference. Made funnier by the fact that the in the initial casting for the film, BetteDavis herself was slated to play Martha.

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** Martha quotes a line ("What a dump!") from the Creator/BetteDavis movie ''BeyondTheForest'' (but she can't remember the title) which is mainly remembered for this reference. Made funnier by the fact that the in the initial casting for the film, BetteDavis Bette Davis herself was slated to play Martha.
26th Jul '17 1:38:53 PM MarkLungo
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* DeconstructorFleet: The play takes a hatchet to the idea of the perfect American family in a way that was arguably completely unprecedented at the time. It also fits in the canon of deconstructions of the American Dream, along with other plays like ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''.

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* DeconstructorFleet: The play takes a hatchet to the idea of the perfect American family in a way that was arguably completely unprecedented at the time. It also fits in the canon of deconstructions of the American Dream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, along with other plays like ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''.
6th Jul '17 4:25:54 PM CassandraLeo
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A classic 1963 play by Edward Albee, which in turn spawned a classic 1966 film directed by Creator/MikeNichols and starring Creator/RichardBurton and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.

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A classic 1963 play by Edward Albee, which in turn spawned a classic 1966 film directed by Creator/MikeNichols and starring Creator/RichardBurton and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
Creator/ElizabethTaylor, with George Segal and Sandy Dennis co-starring.


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The play won several important dramatic awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play (its cast and crew also won several other major Tonys, including Best Direction, Best Production, Best Actor, and Best Actress). It was also selected for the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize for Drama by that year’s drama jury, but the jury was overruled by the advisory board, who objected to its profanity and sexual content; correspondingly, no prize for drama was awarded that year.

The film was nominated for every single UsefulNotes/AcademyAward it was eligible for, winning five, including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Taylor and Dennis respectively; it is generally considered Taylor’s best performance. (Dennis had also won a Tony Award in 1963, the same year the play won its Tonys, but hers was for ''Film/AThousandClowns''.) It was also a major step in the unravelling of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, as it featured dialogue that was profane and extremely sexually explicit by contemporary standards and was released with almost no changes. Later in 1966, Creator/{{MGM}} released ''Film/{{Blowup}}'' without Hays Code approval, which effectively marked the end of the Code.
6th Jul '17 3:34:42 PM CassandraLeo
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** The whole play qualifies to some extent, given how thoroughly it uses UnreliableExpositor. It’s considered a central work of the Theatre of the Absurd for a reason, after all.
6th Jul '17 3:32:43 PM CassandraLeo
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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: According to George and Martha, “musical beds” is a popular pastime among the campus faculty. UnreliableExpositor may apply here, however.

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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: According to George and Martha, “musical beds” is a popular pastime among the campus faculty. UnreliableExpositor may apply here, however. [[spoiler:It’s implied that Martha and Nick attempt to sleep together, but it’s also implied that he couldn’t perform because he was too intoxicated.]]



* UnreliableNarrator: In-universe. [[spoiler:Almost everything George and Martha say to the guests is at best a distortion of the truth, if not an outright lie.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: UnreliableExpositor[=/=]UnreliableNarrator: In-universe. [[spoiler:Almost everything George and Martha say to the guests is at best a distortion of the truth, if not an outright lie.]]
6th Jul '17 3:28:53 PM CassandraLeo
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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: According to George and Martha, “musical beds” is a popular pastime among the campus faculty. UnreliableExpositor may apply here, however.
6th Jul '17 3:25:57 PM CassandraLeo
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* TheReveal: It’s not explicitly stated until near the end of the play that [[spoiler:George and Martha made up the existence of their son]], though there are hints dropped to this extent as early as the first act. It may arguably qualify as an InternalReveal when Nick figures it out, as Honey gives hints of having figured it out much earlier.
6th Jul '17 3:22:19 PM CassandraLeo
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* SpeechCentricWork: It's a very talky play.

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* SpeechCentricWork: It's a very talky play.play overall, which makes the moments with less dialogue stand out even more.
6th Jul '17 3:21:21 PM CassandraLeo
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* LonelyTogether

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* LonelyTogetherLonelyTogether: Basically the whole plot: miserable couple invites younger couple over for "an evening of fun and games" that mostly involves inflicting their miseries on each other. As the play progresses, we see that the younger couple was, in a quieter way, already miserable as well.



* MinimalistCast

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* MinimalistCastMinimalistCast: Only four characters in the play. The film adds two bit parts, but they have only a few lines each and the actors portraying the characters aren't even credited.



** "Honey" is just Nick's pet name for his wife, she's never given an actual name in-story.

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** "Honey" is just Nick's pet name for his wife, she's never given an actual name in-story. George refers to her as "Missy" at one point in the film version, but this is probably just a nickname as well.



* PunBasedTitle: An obvious play on "[[Disney/ThreeLittlePigs Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?]]" Albee put "Virginia Woolf" in the title in place of "Big Bad Wolf" because he was afraid of copyright infringement. It also adds to the concept of absurdism throughout the play.

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* PunBasedTitle: An obvious play on "[[Disney/ThreeLittlePigs Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?]]" Albee put "Virginia Woolf" in the title in place of "Big Bad Wolf" because he was afraid of copyright infringement. (He'd also seen it as a graffito on a bathroom mirror and found it amusing.) It also adds to the concept of absurdism throughout the play.



* SpeechCentricWork

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* SpeechCentricWorkSpeechCentricWork: It's a very talky play.
6th Jul '17 3:12:42 PM CassandraLeo
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* TheMasochismTango: George and Martha.

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* TheMasochismTango: George and Martha. Martha are arguably the {{Trope Codifier}}s in modern pop culture. Nick and Honey's marriage looks happier on the surface, but as we ultimately see, they're NotSoDifferent.
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