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Bubbling with twice-distilled resentment that borders on the absurd, Edward Albee’s 1962 play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? got the ball rolling on familial voyeurism in the decades immediately following World War II. We can thank Albee (among others) for desensitizing us to reality television, American Idol, and Yo Momma.
In my pick for today, I wrote about the film adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? :”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.”
Details: THE FILM SHOWS AT 8:30 P.M. AT THE AMERICAN CITY DINER AND CAFÉ, 5532 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. (202) 244-1949.