While America waits to see whether Diana Rigg will play on Broadway in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Vancouver will enjoy Nora McLellan as the braying, embittered Martha in a production of Edward Albee's landmark drama at The Playhouse, opening Feb. 13.
Starring with McLellan will be Tom McBeath, as frustrated college professor George, Christopher Hunt as Nick and Jillian Fargey as Honey. The play concerns casual after-dinner conversations between faculty members that get uglier as George and Martha lace into one another.
McLellan spent 12 seasons at the Shaw Festival and three at Seattle Rep. McBeath, a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, appeared at the Playhouse in The Crucible and Betrayal. Hunt's Playhouse credits include Charley's Aunt and Tons Of Money; Fargey played Mary in the aforementioned Crucible.
The 1962 play, considered one of the masterworks of modern drama, originally starred Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill on Broadway, followed by Mike Nichols' film version with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The recent London production earned Rigg the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.
Designing the Vancouver Playhouse Woolf are Pam Johnson (set, costumes), Gerald King (lighting) and Susanne Clampett (sound). Artistic director Susan Cox will direct the drama. Other plays by Edward Albee include The Death Of Bessie Smith, The Man Who Had Three Arms, Three Tall Women, The Zoo Story and Seascape.
For tickets and information on Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, which runs to March 8, call (604) 873-3311.
--By David Lefkowitz