The Royal & McPherson Theatre Society is playing host to director Brian Richmond's rendition of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf this week.

The production is a classical dark comedy about a husband and wife having an evening of searing conversation, games and fun with a visiting couple. Through the twists and turns of several subjects, the intrigue and tension boils over into a climax that is both captivating and shocking.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was created by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee and first opened on Broadway in 1962. Famously recreated in film in 1966 starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Virginia Woolf is a thought provoking and award winning artwork that needs to be experienced to be truly understood.

The Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre is presenting three productions during the 2011 summer. For this July production, local film and theatre star Meg Tilly has been cast in the role of Martha. Tilly is an Academy Award winning actress that was raised in Victoria and capitalized on scholarships for dancing to make it to Hollywood. Although Tilly retired from acting in the early '90s, she has remained active in the arts by writing novels and screenplays. Meg Tilly happens to come from a rather talented family, with her sister Jennifer also being a well known movie star. While I cannot make any promises, rumour has it that Jennifer has been seen in the audience giving some sisterly support.

Virginia Woolf enjoyed a full opening night on Thursday, July 7, and is running until Sunday, July 17. Run time of the production is approximately three hours, including two intermissions of fifteen minutes. Tickets are available through the Royal & McPherson Theatre Society website, as well as at the theatre box offices for approximately $40 for an adult ticket and $35 for a senior/student ticket (Prices vary between matinee and prime time performances).

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is an American theatre classic that is as culturally relevant today as it was in its original debut. I have heard from a co-worker who attended opening night on Thursday that the show is great and definitely worth checking out, even if you are not a regular theatre attendee.

Since the weather does not seem to want to bring the heat, why not visit Victoria's theatre arts to warm your soul?