BWW Reviews: Deliciously Vicious Production of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at Spark Theatre
In the 50th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning classic, Spark Theater presents WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf playing now through February 16th. There's on one who can spit venom quite like George and Martha, a middle-aged couple whose WASPy stings are aimed at a new professor and his young wife. When the after party gets soaked in gin, and secrets get spilled, there no going back to the life that was built so precariously on the couple's broken past. This Tony-award winning play still packs the same punch that it did exactly 50 years ago.
First I have to say that this show was deliciously mean and every actor pushed themselves for a most twisted, head-spinning and enjoyable evening that the audience ate up. The show may be a little long, but you get lost in the words and these amazing, intense performances. What I noticed most of all were the actor's actions and reactions to every word and the stings and jabs were just fun. At first, I thought that this show was all about who had the upper hand, but as you become more involved with these passionate characters, you realize that every word and drink is to mask an inner pain. Ultimately -truth or illusion it's all a game to them. It was fascinating to watch that cynicism is contagious and by the end, everyone had been affected.
George Todd Black was at the height of his craft in his bitter interpretation of George. Each word spoken was calculating and articulate and his attacks on everyone in the house were truly fascinating to watch. Equally as good was Suzanne Nepi as his dynamic alcoholic wife, Martha. Her character had such range and you could not take your eyes off of her as she completely drew you in. Her overt sexual harassment was humorous and fun. I was a little skeptical of Nate Axtell as Nick, but his performance was quite memorable. He truly showed the dimension of his character in Act Two and was enjoyable to watch. His wife Honey, played by Julie K. Butters was just adorable and naive. Her descent into drunkenness was absolutely hilarious and a delight to watch.