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Booth Theatre

  • Theater
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4
Booth Theatre. By Edward Albee. Dir. Pam MacKinnon. With Amy Morton, Tracy Letts, Carrie Coon, Madison Dirks. 3hrs. Two intermissions.
Photograph: Michael BrosilowWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Time Out says

Named after the great American thespian Edwin Booth, this venue, built in 1913, is a relatively intimate playhouse (766 seats) nestled near Shubert Alley. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George played here in 1984, and so did Robert Morse in Tru. More recently, the Booth was home to the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Next to Normal and the Tony-winning revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Address:
222 W 45th St
New York
10036
Cross street:
between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Transport:
Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
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