A Delicate Balance
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A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance NYC Reviews and Tickets

(136 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (136)

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118 Reviews | 21 Followers
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Profound

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.

63 Reviews | 11 Followers
Entertaining, Must see, Profound, Great acting, 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

50 Reviews | 42 Followers
Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Profound, Resonant

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

52 Reviews | 15 Followers
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see

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.

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting

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.

68 Reviews | 63 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Funny, 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.

276 Reviews | 48 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought provoking, Great acting, Excellent writing

See it if You enjoy plays on relationships with family, friends, ourselves. If you enjoy being faced with our human condition.

Don't see it if You expect laughs and an easy playful night.

156 Reviews | 204 Followers
Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Slow, Must see

See it if you want to see a classic

Don't see it if you hate family drama

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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The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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The Wall Street Journal
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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New York Daily News
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

"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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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Chicago Tribune
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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