Saturday, October 21, 2006

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Night & Fog theatre group presented Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at Gyan Manch. Directed by Shubhayan Sengupta, the Albee play attracted an appreciative audience.
The two main actors, one of them being the director himself, did a great job in their characters. The roles weren't easy, and the actors brought out the conflict between them with elan. Shubhayan was really the standout performer in the play, and he portrayed the bitter professor George excellently.
The other two actors fell flat, though. This caused a great imbalance as there were two actors performing well and two failing completely to make any kind of impact on the audience. At times it was only the quality of the script which was carrying forward the play. A touch of nervousness could also be sensed in the actors, as there were quite a few occasions in the first act when they fumbled lines or delivered them too early.
The light could also have been used more effectively, as there were many times when crucial lines were delivered in partial darkness. These problems seemed prevalent more in the first act then in the second, when these glitches became rare.
The actors playing George and Martha managed to capture the emotion of their lines far better than their co-actors and thus it was a challenge for the audience to remain interested in the play. People kept leaving during the duration of the play, a clear indicator of the fact that the actors failed to grab the audience's attention.
In the end, it was a good play, but it could offer a lot more. The masterful script of Edward Albee really salvaged the production. Better acting would have made for a better staging of this play.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

rather interesting though i didn't catch a show of v woolf!and glad to know that you liked ryan-- the dark horse too!he was brilliantly adorable!n the guy had talent!he did justice to "locks" as well...nice to know that at least some1 appreciates good music....most of the world just doesn't understand!

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