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Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by MattDe 2012-11-20 01:22:56


which one is better and will tony noms be for the current production

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by After Eight 2012-11-20 05:39:25


The one in 2005 was better.

This one dragged. In light of the reviews, however, it seems likely it will receive Tony nominations.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by ajh 2012-11-20 07:44:55


I think it's a bit difficult to judge which is better; they are both superb productions. The '05 version was maybe nearer to the received perception of how the play is, particularly in the case of Kathleen Turner's magnificently loud and belligerent Martha. The current staging is like watching a new play, as though the Steppenwolf team had come to it afresh and devoid of preconceptions. I certainly don't remember being as moved by the '05 version as I was recently at the Booth, and nor have I ever been so convinced as currently that Martha and George really love each other. I feel blessed to have seen both stagings.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by AC126748 2012-11-20 08:05:27


Two excellent productions of a difficult and rewarding play, both offering unique interpretations. I'd say for this current production that all four actors will be nominated, plus MacKinnon and for Best Revival. I wouldn't be surprised if it got a set design nomination, too.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by eperkins 2012-11-20 13:58:25


I enjoyed the current production more than the one in 2005.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by sinister teashop 2012-11-20 14:09:07


The current production is much better than the 2005 production.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by jnb9872 2012-11-20 15:01:04


I didn't see the 2005 revival but thought this current revival was gobsmackingly brilliant and one of the great nights of theatre I've yet experienced.

But After Eight said the 2005 one was better, so it mustn't be true.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by rjm516 2012-11-20 15:08:39


I found the 2 current leads just amazing. Riveting.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by Phillytheatreguy10 2012-11-20 15:39:18


I had the opportunity to attend a Saturday matinee with a friend of mine a few weeks ago, and I must say that it was first rate all around, flawless, and kept us talking! Very provactive and we truly felt as if we were a fly on the wall in these character's living room, it was very difficult to see where the "acting" was in the production, it came across as so natural and the relationships between all were fully realized by the actors. Brilliant! The only down side, the theatre wasn't full, which is sad, because this needs to be seen! In the interest of full discretion, I did not see the 2005 production, but after seeing this one, I would imagine it would be hard to top!

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by iluvtheatertrash 2012-11-20 16:25:13


Saw them both, and while this has its merits, I prefer the 2005 Turner/Irwin production.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by AndrewAndrew 2012-11-20 16:59:25


We LOVED the newer version; the direction made it seem like it was the first time that he killed the kid off; the 2005 production (as with the film) you got the feeling that this was an game that they played every night. See our video like below!

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by cupcake3 2012-11-20 20:04:22


I have the original 1962? LPs that I found at a flea market. If anyone's interested in it, lv me a msg. I have no idea what it's worth..only that I can't play it cause I don't have a turntable. It's Uta Hagen/Arthur Hill.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by Owen22 2012-11-20 20:58:28


I have to say that after seeing numerous, wonderful "Virginia Woolf's" I still don't understand Martha...but Amy Morton came as close to helping me out as I guess I'm ever gonna get..

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by Bettyboy72 2012-11-20 21:05:30


I think they are very different. I prefer Morton over Turner, but that's just a style and choice preference. Turner was a little too over the top for me.

Carrie Coon deserves the Tony. Hands down, the best Honey I've ever seen.

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by Auggie27 2012-11-20 21:06:54


Letts towers over Irwin, and Irwin brought much to George. As for Turner, I thought she nailed it, but would've brought more to the party with a temperamentally different George. Irwin wasn't persuasively that particular Martha's husband, not to me, and I never believed their marriage the way I buy the current one (and Burton and Taylor's).

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by cupcake3 2012-11-20 23:18:12


This is the one I have, if you're interested in buying.
The one on Ebay auction is for 4 more days, so I don't have any idea of price yet. Mine, however, looks like it's never been played, has the 15 pg booklet, however the box it comes in has fallen apart. The 4 LPs look to be in perfect condition.
Make me an offer I can't refuse. (Seriously I just want someone to have it who will appreciate it.)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Whos-Afraid-Of-Virginia-Woolf-Edward-Albee-original-Broadway-Cast-LP-recording-/190757163979?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item2c6a0353cb

Is Virgina Woolf better now or in 2005 ?
Posted by bobs3 2012-11-21 01:47:32


I saw it last week. I preferred Kathleen Turner in 2005 over Amy Morton in this production. I thought there was no way anyone could top Bill Irwin in 2005, boy was I wrong. I don't know what or how he did it but Tracy Letts took the role of George to a new level (even Richard Burton didn't go that far).