Closed 2h 55m
A Delicate Balance
Midtown W
85

A Delicate Balance NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(134 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (134)

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55
Disappointing, Dull, Slow, Unengaging, 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.

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

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

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

Critic Reviews (14)

November 20th, 2014

"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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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?"
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
For a previous production

"Despite the witty lines and a handful of exciting moments, the production is a three-hour, very static bore."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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November 20th, 2014
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."
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