Edward Albee’s 1962 masterpiece has been around the block enough times that one can be excused for wanting to skip this revival. But that would be a mistake. Tracy Letts and Amy Morton (the playwright and lead actress, respectively, of August: Osage County) bring no big-star airs or revisionist takes to the roles of George and Martha, the college professor and his hectoring wife who embark on a long night’s orgy of boozy truth-telling, just a superb grasp of the cruelty that desperate people can inflict on each other. Fifty years after the play’s Broadway debut — and seven years after a far inferior revival, starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin — Pam MacKinnon’s Chicago-born production confirms its place at the very top of the American canon.
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