Sparks fly, as George and Martha fight like cats and dogs this month at Lyric Stage Company of Boston in Edward Albee's towering masterpiece "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The classic drama about a marriage on the rocks plays the Copley Square venue Jan. 13-Feb. 12.
The brilliant play, one of Albee's most famous, pits the middle-aged college pair against each other as they mercilessly draw a naïve younger couple into the bitter psychological cage match of their frustrated marriage.
Directed by Scott Edmiston, it stars the esteemed Paula Plum and Steven Barkhimer as the feuding spouses, with Erica Spryes and Dan Whelton as the fresh-faced youngsters.
Albee, who passed away last September, began writing plays in 1958 and, in addition to "Virginia Woolf," penned such classics as "The Zoo Story," "Tiny Alice," "A Delicate Balance" and "Three Tall Women."
Edmiston, chairman of Northeastern University's Theatre Department, has directed the award-winning "My Fair Lady," plus "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Private Lives" and "Light Up the Sky," among others, at Lyric.
The actors have dozens of credits locally, regionally and nationally on stage, screen and television. Barkhimer is also a playwright/director; and Plum directs extensively, too, and was recently named co-artistic director of the acclaimed Actors Shakespeare Project.
Tickets start at $25; seniors, $10 off regular price; student rush $10 at 617-585-5678 or buy them online at www.lyricstage.com.
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ALL THAT JAZZ: Indian Hill Music School faculty and friends take to the stage to celebrate a century of American jazz and classical music Friday, at 7 p.m., at Indian Hill, 36 King St., Littleton. The program includes classical works by Copland and Barber performed by concert pianist Jenny Tang, followed by the Pamela Hines Quartet swinging to the music of jazz great Billy Strayhorn, best known as arranger, composer and pianist for the Duke Ellington Band. Tickets $10, general admission, at the door, by calling 978-486-9524, ext. 116 or online at www.indianhillmusic.org.
SAVE THE DATE: To celebrate the centennial of the building it calls home, Stoneham Theatre hosts the Centennial Cabaret on Saturday, March 18. The evening includes a VIP reception at 6 p.m. and cabaret performances by Stoneham favorites Christopher Chew, Kathy St. George and Ceit Zweil at 8 p.m. Auctions, raffles and more are planned with proceeds benefiting theater programs. Tickets, now available, are $100 for VIP reception/show and $65 for performance. Visit www.stonehamtheatre.org.
AUDITION NOTICE: Cannon Theatre holds auditions for its spring production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Wednesday, Jan.firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition time. Visit www.thecannontheatre.org for character info.
MOVIE NIGHT: Lowell's Pollard Memorial Library partners with Film Movement Inc., and presents the film "Glassland" today, at 6:30 p.m., in the library's ground-floor meeting room. Directed by Gerard Barrett, the film stars Jack Reynor and Toni Collette, and takes a haunting look at what happens when a child is forced to parent his parent.
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