Play by play: October 23, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 21, 2009

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? | Edward Albee didn’t approve the staging in this Publick Theatre production, and he might not approve of the characterization, since director Diego Arciniegas and actors Tina Packer and Nigel Gore have conspired to make professorial “bog” George more masculine than is customary and braying Martha, though brassy as ever, more vulnerable. But except for that shift in the power struggle between Albee’s warring if co-dependent couple, the production is aptly respectful of the material and its early-1960s academic setting. Packer’s Martha is disoriented or blubbery from time to time, but she’s also both playful and primal. Gore is a relaxed yet forceful George, nailing both his acerb and his bitterly reflective arias. Angie Jepson’s Honey is hilariously insolent when emboldened by brandy, yet piquantly pained when her secrets are betrayed. And square-shouldered, thick-haired Kevin Kaine is a near-perfect Nick: a clean-cut, clean-fighting “light heavyweight” up against a couple of brainier Mike Tysons. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through October 24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $33-$37.50

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