"Humor," wrote Virginia Woolf, "is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue." Yet Woolf wasn't particularly funny even in her native English, even though she did write one comedy, Freshwater, now revived by the Women's Project. Anne Bogart, no great comedian herself, directs the play's American debut. Written for Woolf's family members in 1923 and performed by them in 1935 (it enjoyed its premiere in Vanessa Bell's studio), the farce concerns Woolf's aunt, Julia Margaret Cameron, and the famous people—like Alfred Tennyson and Ellen Terry—who fetch up at her Isle of Wight home. Bogart regulars Ellen Lauren and Tom Nelis lead the seven-member cast. In previews, opens
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through Feb. 15, 2009
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