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Directed by Wendy Almeida
We are pleased to present
acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning
A Delicate Balance
Set in Connecticut, A Delicate Balance features Agnes and Tobias, an upper-class married couple whose relationship has been an uneasy one for several years. Agnes’s sister, Claire, lives with them and despite her perpetual drinking, denies that she suffers from alcoholism. Agnes and Tobias’s daughter, Julia, about to be divorced for the fourth time, has returned home, but her room has been usurped by Tobias and Agnes’s best friends, Harry and Edna, who have fled their own home because of a of nameless terror.
“Edward Albee writes as though he’d filed every typewriter key down to a fine point and replaced the space bar with a scalpel,” one critic wrote when the play premiered in 1966.
It’s an apt description of this ominous domestic drama in which all the characters seem to be terrified, as though teetering on the brink of some menacing threat. As Agnes puts it at one point, “It’s one of those days where everything’s happening underneath.”
Albee, who also wrote “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” is brilliant at this sort of existential fear. As he put it when writing about this play, “[It’s about] the rigidity and ultimate paralysis which afflicts those who settle in too easily, waking up one day to discover that all the choices they have avoided no longer give them any freedom of choice.”
Director Wendy Almeida says she finds the play funny as well as horrifying as it deals with failed lives and poisonous relationships. “This play has sung to me since I first read it in my twenties,” she says. “One of the questions I ask myself now is ‘how universal are the dynamics of this family?’ I suspect they are more universal than we’d like to admit.” She also notes that “We’re living in a time when the ‘existential fear’ Albee mentioned has become more pervasive than at any time since the 60s,” making for interesting evening of pure theater.