The 50th anniversary revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will close on March 3.
The news comes despite a previous announcement that the production would have a third extension keeping it on stage at the Booth Theatre through March 24. When it closes, it will have played 159 performances.
The current revival was first performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in late 2010, and began previews on Broadway on September 27, 2012. The limited engagement was originally planned to run through January 27 before it was extended three times.
Here’s how producers describe the new version of the classic Edward Albee play:
On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple finds themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self-deceptions they forged for their own survival. Steppenwolf ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton face off as one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee’s hilarious and harrowing masterpiece.”
Pam MacKinnon directs the production, and the rest of the Broadway creative team carried over from the Steppenwolf production. This includes set designer Todd Rosenthal, lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes, costume designer Nan Cibula-Jenkins and sound designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
In other Albee news, he recently criticized the current state of Broadway during an interview with Charles Osgood on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
“It’s all about not doing the best plays but doing the ones that will sell the most tickets,” Albee said during the interview. “I used to go see more, since I’m one of the voters for the stuff. Now I just lie.”
Albee was referring to his status as one of the voters for Tony Awards.