"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at The Embassy Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Baker   
Saturday, 18 October 2008 02:40

Cumberland Theatre Aligns With The Embassy


Press release by Mark Baker/photos by Jeff Davis


Cumberland Theatre artistic director Don Whisted headlines an actor quartet to appear opposite Nicole Halmos in New Embassy Theatre's production of American playwright Edward Albee's award-winning drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opening Friday, October 24.

For nine shows over three weekends through Sunday, November 9, audiences at the 1931 restored movie house at 49 Baltimore Street will see Whisted and Halmos verbally sparring in very different relational ways than their last dramatic appearance together with Gary Goodson in "Copenhagen" on Johnson Street.  They are joined under Jerard Puckett's direction with Mark Ashby, who previously acted in Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano" in the Third annual One Act Festival and with Marta Fiscus, who brought fashion magnate Diana Vreeland's tour de force personality into focus in the Embassy's spring production of Mark Hampton's "Full Gallop."  Production stage management is under supervision of Linda Julien, with master carpentry by John Evans, Rudy Cobel and Ron Appold.

Through a special appearance contract with Actors Equity Association, Halmos plays Martha, a New England professor's wife to Whisted's portrayal of George.  Their small town university dysfunctional marriage antics attain gladiatorial fervor while entertaining Nick and Honey, a younger couple.  Ashby plays a neophyte university professor who aligns with certain altruistic considerations.  Fiscus' wife character seems "along for the ride" during a social gathering at the older couple's home until the quartet's overuse of alcohol and witticisms turned into barbs and less considerate accusations help reveal Albee's own distinct writerly views of how a marriage haunted with secrets has an inevitable explosive climax.



Embassy artistic director Mark Baker says of the casting, "We're glad to have such a dynamite cast for this terrific classic play, and very pleased with Don's creative presence at the Embassy.  "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" offers insights and plenty of laughs and dramatic intensity in its three act serio-comic presentation of a warped marriage gone awry.  We're confident this cast will deliver a solid ensemble performance."  Funding for the production is by the City of Cumberland, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Bryon Predika Estate, and by Allegany Arts Council.  Show times are 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays with 2:30 pm matinees on three Sundays.  The Embassy is taking reservations for low-cost tickets and group discounts at (301) 722-4692.  All major credit cards are accepted.  The Passport Café offers a full cash bar and snacks by Jennifer's Desserts.  The Embassy's e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


I dropped by The Embassy last night with camera in tow and caught a glimpse of the action to come.  Talk about intense, this performance will keep your attention riveted.   I would suggest that you not miss the stellar performances of these four seasoned actors, but perhaps the Cumberland Fire Department should be present as well, for the sparks fly fast and furious and the heat emanating from the couples'  interactions could easily set your mind on fire.

Come on down to the downtown walking mall and experience theatre at its finest.  This show is going to be a treat to behold.....Jeff Davis

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