Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Not me.
This weekend I attended a performance of "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee in Chicago. It stars Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. I love theater--musicals, plays, etc. I love it all. We have season tickets to the theater in Chicago, and we frequent Broadway shows in NYC. I have no talent, so I am in awe of people who can sing and dance and act--often at the same time.
This play perplexed me. The acting was great (even though Kathleen Turner is the same in every role) and kept me entertained-- however the plot eluded me. I did not get it. Kathleen and Bill play a married couple fighting, bickering, arguing, drinking, criticizing, tormenting, drinking more, etc. It got old. There was another couple in the play and I do not even know why they were included. They were mainly just background to all the fighting and the drinking.
I was feeling a little lost and disconnected and like the play was not speaking to me until one pivotal point in the play that Bill Irwin said something that moved me. He said: "It is all part of the ritual, Monkey Nipples". At that point it all made sense. It all came together, I felt a light shine down on me, and I knew this play was speaking directly to me. I finally got it.
Thanks Edward Albee.
Have a theatrical day!