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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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This extremely disappointing mounting of Edward Albee's 1962 play--a touring edition of the 2005 Broadway revival--is undone by emotionally shallow lead performances and some ill-advised revisions by the author. Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner star as emasculated, world-weary college professor George and raunchy, overbearing Martha, middle-aged marrieds who invite a young couple over for a liquor-fueled night of revelations and humiliations that mirror Albee's vision of a failed American dream. Irwin's eccentric mannerisms and Turner's rushed line readings rob the waspish repartee of its moral and philosophical gravity, and Albee's decision to cut the last portion of act two--the crucial transition between black comedy and volcanic drama--undercuts the third act's potential power. --Albert Williams a Through 4/7: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe, 312-902-1400, $22.50-$72.50. C

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