Virginia Woolf Gets Silly in 'New' Play

Off-Broadway troupe revives author's one satirical work
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2009 8:03 PM CST
An ad for the first professional production of Virginia Woolf's only play.   (Women's Project)
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(Newser) – A satirical play by Virginia Woolf received its professional premiere today in New York, NPR reports. Featuring figures like poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and painter George Frederic Watts, Freshwater lampoons "high-falutin', oldish, long-bearded Victorians," the play's producer said. Woolf wrote the hour-long farce as a fun project for her free-spirited, Bloomsbury circle friends.

"It burned my hands, because I started leafing through it and the language just popped off the page," director Anne Bogart said. "The idea of Virginia Woolf writing a play for her family to perform for their friends is so full of the exuberance of theater in the first place—the amateur spirit that actually makes theater happen."