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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the Pulitzer-winning drama about a washed-up professor and a vitriolic wife who host another couple for an evening, gets less funny as you follow it through its various incarnations. On paper, the older couple’s antagonistic quips, morbid inside jokes, and accusations of impotence and barrenness are darkly funny, if occasionally wince-inducing. Onstage, there’s less to laugh at. And on Technicolor, it’s downright alarming. The 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee’s play leaves little room for interpretation and absolutely none for sympathy. The old husband is weak, and his wife’s a bitch; the young husband is fooling himself, and his wife is a dullard. While Albee is considered by most English professors to be the critic nonpareil of 1950s romanticism, his characters wouldn’t stand out in an episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
THE FILM SHOWS AT 8:30 P.M. AT THE AMERICAN CITY DINER AND CAFÉ, 5532 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. ADMISSION WITH PURCHASE OF MEAL OR DRINK. (202) 244-1949.