'Woolf' packs in auds on opening night
During Sunday’s opening-night perf of the first Broadway revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 29 years, a nonchalant Edward Albee was eating scallops at Hurley’s next door.
“I never watch opening nights,” the scribe said during the second intermission. “I don’t want to see the set fall down.”
Instead, he chatted with visitors such as George Grizzard (the original Nick) and a woman who wrote the Albee category questions on “Jeopardy!”
“You guys made a big mistake,” Albee told her. “You said that one of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas was an opera.”
Later, at the Bond 45 after-party, Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner were asked what Albee told them about their characters, George and Martha. Irwin disclosed, “They really do love each other.”
Added Turner: “They also have great sex.”
Albee told them the play’s dialogue is like music. “He wanted to be a composer,” Irwin said. “He sometimes sits at the back of the theater and conducts, with his eyes closed.”