Already closed

A Delicate Balance

Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing
84
Critics
66
14 reviews
Members
85
131 reviews
 

John Lithgow and Glenn Close star in Edward Albee's masterwork about a married couple struggling with their divorced daughter, alcoholic sister, and best friends all visiting on the same weekend.

... Read more

In 'A Delicate Balance', Agnes (Glenn Close) and Tobias (John Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends, all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire. Tony-nominee Pam MacKinoon directs the Broadway revival.

 

Cast & Creatives

Cast and Creative Team members for this show have not yet been loaded into Show-Score. If you are affiliated with this show, and would like to accelerate the process, please contact us or read the Help.



Reviews (145)

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews
66
Avg Score

60
Newsday

"Great Edward Albee, tepid production...although the play still dazzles with wit, gorgeous writing and the lurking terror of mortality, Director Pam MacKinnon spells things out here instead of letting Albee toy with us through suggestion and suspense. Nothing, alas, is delicate." Full Review

65
The New York Times

for a previous production "As you would expect of these highly accomplished, multi-award-winning cast members, none of them are bad. But they’re giving us the play, instead of living it." Full Review

45
New York Post

for a previous production "A Christmas fruitcake left out too long - boozy and loaded with goodies - but its also on the dry side. Albee’s writing brims with black humor and red-hot loathing. The show, by contrast, is a benign beige." Full Review

70
Variety

for a previous production "A Delicate Balance is no play for sissies...a brilliantly constructed if ultimately unfathomable play that only Edward Albee can get away with writing." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

for a previous production "Pam MacKinnon directs this solid revival with a keen ear for the curling, teasing rhythms of Albee’s ornate lines, and the performances are top-notch...this Pulitzer winner still stings and sings." Full Review

55
The Wall Street Journal

for a previous production Things finally become interesting, even zany, in the second scene of the second act. Until then, though, “A Delicate Balance” comes across like a dramatically static rewrite of “Virginia Woolf” with rather less drinking and much less cursing." Full Review

60
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "Perhaps to those watching an Albee play for the first time, the delicate balance will be realized. For those who've seen it--and much of his canon--before, this revival could feel a bit off-balance." Full Review

30
AM New York

for a previous production "Despite the witty lines and a handful of exciting moments, the production is a three-hour, very static bore." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

for a previous production "Whether audiences are encountering A Delicate Balance for the first time or for reappraisal, watching the six supremely accomplished actors in this cast bite into their roles is thrilling." Full Review

85
New York Daily News

for a previous production "Whip-smart and wickedly funny, the 1966 play is showcased in a very good production that’s cool, well-composed and captivating." Full Review

80
Chicago Tribune

for a previous production "Albee's gift to humanity, you might say: a pleasurable three acts of watching others teeter on the brink, which always helps you last another day on terra firma yourself." Full Review

60
Newsday

for a previous production "Great Edward Albee, tepid production...although the play still dazzles with wit, gorgeous writing and the lurking terror of mortality, Director Pam MacKinnon spells things out here instead of letting Albee toy with us through suggestion and suspense. Nothing, alas, is delicate." Full Review

95
USA Today

for a previous production "In this bracing new revival, fine actors find the warmth in Albee’s stinging message. It's a pleasure to see them in roles that accommodate both their intensity and their flair for nuance." Full Review

65
Entertainment Weekly

for a previous production "MacKinnon’s feisty if occasionally restless revival makes intriguing work of Albee. The production can feel like it’s oscillating speeds, but the constant is shimmering character work, and why wouldn’t you expect that from such a cast of heavy-hitters?" Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews
85
Avg Score

65
Great acting, Confusing, Overrated

See it if you want to see amazing performers and are willing to look past the vagueness of Albee's plot.

Don't see it if you don't like Albee's writing. I think you really have to be an Albee fan to love this, though the performers are fantastic.

55
Disappointing, Slow, Unengaging, Dull, Nice set

See it if I was so disappointed in DB. GClose was dull! No one could lift the show above her dead weight. I wanted one of the many drinks poured!

Don't see it if Albee creates fascinating situations and characters, but this production had no life. Not enjoyable.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a great play from one of the best playwrights there is. A great uncomfortable drama.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment.

100
Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love powerful music with an absorbing story and incredible performances.

Don't see it if You do not like stripped down musical productions.

81
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Beautifully mounted, well directed with outstanding talent, great energy and touching. Remarkable cast! The book was prettified.

Don't see it if if a production reflecting current problems is not interesting to you.

80
Epic, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You love strong performances and Albee's writing. It's a wonderful play.

Don't see it if you don't like slow plays or thinking plays. It's a play more for the mind.

72
Great acting, Intense, Overrated, Dated, Classic

See it if You love the stars of the show.

Don't see it if If you wanted something fresh from the material. Missed its mark.

70
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love Edward Albee, no matter how weak the production.

Don't see it if You don't like Albee and can't sit still for a three hour play.

67
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Great staging

See it if You want to see the actors in it and are interested in the play. Beautiful set.

Don't see it if Don't want to see a dated slow drama

56
Indulgent, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Dated

See it if Of course the performances were great, as was the writing.

Don't see it if This play is dated, deals with the problems of self-indulgent people. I didn't find it relevant to today. For me, it was a big who cares.

25
Boring, Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are a huge play buff and tend to go see shows because they feature big name actors.

Don't see it if you don't like shows in which the characters complain and bicker endlessly. My least favourite show to date.

75
Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Indulgent, Dated

See it if you're a fan of albee, drama, and great actors

Don't see it if you prefer light, fluffy entertainment or to leave the theatre on a high

75
Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Albee and his themes. Great performances.

Don't see it if you prefer faster paced shows.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you love an understated drama, love bickering families, love Albee or any of the amazing actors in it, have a tolerance for long monologues.

Don't see it if you can't stand improbably long monologues or repressed drama.

89
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Slow

See it if you want to see a classic

Don't see it if you hate family drama

69
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Banal, Confusing, Slow

See it if you love glenn close

Don't see it if you hate a play with little comedy.

64
Great acting, Slow, Dated

See it if You're a fan of Glen Close or the other stars in the show.

Don't see it if You like slow moving or overly wordy shows.

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if probably just don't see it, even if you're a fan of Albee, and even despite the phenomenal cast.

Don't see it if you're on the fence about it. The first-rate cast does not help this from being a deeply confused and confusing production.

95
Must see, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You wanna see one of the greatest show on Broadway right now

Don't see it if You don't have a heart

94
Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a vibrant, energetic production with great singing.

Don't see it if You want to understand every word. Some lyrics and lines difficult to understand.

92
Funny, Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like show-stopping numbers and great story-telling.

Don't see it if you can't handle realistic storylines

100
Great acting, Must see, Profound, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if I saw the original production 4 times, this scaled down version is amazing and much better. 3rd time and Heather Headley/Cynthia amazing!

Don't see it if you don't want to cry or be affected by a powerful performance

35
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if I was disappointed with this production. Glenn Close was an inspired casting choice but she bored me to death. Far from Edward Albee's best

Don't see it if you dislike self-important plays, unrelateable characters.

75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if This is one of Albee's best works. The performances this time don't quite connect, however. A disappointment, but a noble effort

Don't see it if you're not willing to support important work, even if flawed

66
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if Glenn Close never disappoints.

Don't see it if If you need a fast moving production. 3 hours of LONG monologues was just too much.