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On the Boards: Albee play plumbs desperate marriage

The Play:Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, by Edward Albee, presented by Pacheco Theatre and directed by John Pacheco, starring Catharine Sullivan, John Garlicki, Andre Cormier, Mara Fraccaro.

The Show: This 1962 play won the 1963 Tony Award for best play. It is a three-act play of close to three hours in length that tells the story of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George, whose marriage is breaking down. One evening after a university faculty party, they invite a young couple, Nick and Honey, to their home for nightcaps, exposing them to their dark, angry and disintegrating world. The film of the same name, released in 1966, starred Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal and Sandy Dennis with Burton and Taylor earning Oscar nominations for best lead actor and actress while Segal and Dennis were nominated for best supporting actor and actress. Taylor and Dennis won the Oscars.

The Quote: “This is Albee’s scrutiny of the dark, dank side of humanity, human relationships and the human form in general. Though the play presents a picture of a desperate marriage, and is fuelled by prodigious quantities of alcohol, it is also wonderfully funny. The play is a meditation on whether we should hang on to comforting fantasies, or find the courage to dispense with them altogether.”

— John Pacheco, director

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What: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? presented by Pacheco Theatre.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and March 8-11; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: The Palace Theatre’s Procunier Hall, 710 Dundas St.

Tickets: $ 23 adults, $ 18 seniors and students, available at the box office, online at or by calling 519-432-1029.

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