Houston's Alley Has Albee Fest With Virginia Woolf? and Goat Regional Debut

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Houston's Alley Theatre is currently offering an Edward Albee double feature – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey, and the regional premiere of The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?.

The Goat begins performances on the company's more intimate Neuhaus Stage Jan. 17 for a run through Feb. 16. Texas-born Ivey (Steaming, Hurlyburly) stars as the monstrous Martha in a 40th anniversary revival of Virginia Woolf? through Feb. 8.

That new production, directed by Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd, opened Jan. 15 on the Large Stage. Alley resident company actor James Black (Not About Nightingales) is George.

After 23 years of bitter, biting marriage, it only takes a little alcohol to get Martha and George to start tearing at each other's throats in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Their unwilling participants in battle are the smug and handsome Nick and his ditzy wife Honey. Before long, the quiet evening between faculty members in a college town turns into war.

Ty Mayberry and Elizabeth Bunch are the hapless Nick and Honey.

The tragi-comedy The Goat features Alley resident company actors Todd Waite and Elizabeth Helfin as married couple Martin and Stevie with James Belcher as their best friend Ross. Matt Hune, 17, makes his professional theatre debut as Martin and Stevie's son, Billy. The 2002 Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Goat dissects the marital discord an interspecies affair causes between a lovelorn architect and his passionate wife. Humor, pathos and violence are part of the experience. Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman created the roles of Stevie and Martin on Broadway and were replaced by Oscar winner Sally Field and Bill Irwin in September. The Goat closed at the Golden Theatre Dec. 15/

The Alley Theatre and Albee have maintained a close bond since 1967. The company has produced more of his works than any other writer except Shakespeare, and seven of them, including the 2000 American premiere of The Play About the Baby, were directed by Albee himself. The Alley is staging the Virginia Woolf/Goat double bill in celebration of the playwright's 75th birthday.

The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue. For reservations, call (713) 228-8421 or (800) 259-ALLE. The Alley Theatre is on the web at http://www.alleytheatre.com.

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