History Theatre / WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf

9th May '18 7:14:08 PM jormis29
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* HypocriticalHumor: When George and Martha try to find out where the "What a dump" line comes from, George suggests ''Chicago''. Martha responds: "Don't you know anything? ''Chicago'' was a '30s musical starring little Miss Alice Faye. Don't you know anything?" The film she's talking about is actually called ''In Old Chicago''.

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* HypocriticalHumor: When George and Martha try to find out where the "What a dump" line comes from, George suggests ''Chicago''. Martha responds: "Don't you know anything? ''Chicago'' was a '30s musical starring little Miss Alice Faye. Don't you know anything?" The film she's talking about is actually called ''In Old Chicago''.''Film/InOldChicago''.
28th Apr '18 12:22:36 PM nombretomado
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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.

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* PunBasedTitle: An obvious play on "[[Disney/ThreeLittlePigs "[[WesternAnimation/TheThreeLittlePigs 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.
16th Apr '18 5:41:05 PM BronsonRay
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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Double subverted. Played with in that Martha is affected by the BrokenMasquerade as much as if it actually happened.]]

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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Double subverted. Played with in that Martha is affected by the BrokenMasquerade as much as if it would've actually happened.]]
16th Apr '18 5:40:23 PM BronsonRay
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* TheBabyTrap: How Honey got Nick to marry her. [[spoiler: She had a FakePregnancy, tho.]]

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* TheBabyTrap: How Honey got Nick to marry her. [[spoiler: She had It was a FakePregnancy, tho.however. This is eventually defied by the end of the play, as what transpires between both couples gives her the idea to actually have a child with Nick.]]
16th Apr '18 5:37:43 PM BronsonRay
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* TheAlcoholic: Everyone. The play starts after a dinner party where all of the characters have presumably been drinking, and they all keep drinking until the sun comes up.

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* TheAlcoholic: Everyone. The play starts after a dinner party where all of the characters have presumably been drinking, and they all keep drinking until the sun comes up.for ''10 hours''.


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* BrokenMasquerade: [[spoiler: George's verbal takedown of Martha results in this.]]


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* ImagineSpot: [[spoiler: The idea of George and Martha's child exists as nothing more than a means to put up the illusion of them being a happy couple, which the both of them prove that, of course, they [[AwfulWeddedLife are decidedly not]].]]


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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Double subverted. Played with in that Martha is affected by the BrokenMasquerade as much as if it actually happened.]]
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.]]
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