The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park has announced the cancelation of the entire run of their long-awaited and oft-postponed production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." The production was to feature a star turn by Pamela Rose Mangus as Martha, and company founder Richard Lambert as George, under the direction of Nancy Doherty.
The widely heralded reopening of the theaters turns out to have been overly optimistic. Additional postponements have been announced, seemingly by the hour, leaving theater staffs, reduced by the pandemic, scrambling.
MusicalFare's sleeper hit, "The Other Josh Cohen," has somehow breezed through, unscathed. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at Lancaster Opera House has managed to soldier on, as has "Anton in Show Business," the Brazen-Faced Varlets show at Alleyway Cabaret. Norm Foster's "The Love List" continues at Desiderio's Dinner Theatre.
Virtually everything else started late, has been postponed, got off to a false start before closing, or all three.
"Little Women ... Now," Donna Hoke's update of Luisa May Alcott's beloved story has managed to continue after a delay. "Beauty and the Beast," delayed and then continued with understudies at Theatre of Youth. "Damn Yankees" delayed and then resumed at O'Connell & Company. "Modern Orthodox" at Jewish Rep and "People Places and Things" cancelled their first weekends, the latter after just one performance. Ujima pushed back the opening of "Spunk" and the Lorna C. Hill Theater dedication by one week.
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is the first outright cancelation since the original shutdown two years ago.