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A Delicate Balance

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Members say: Great singing, Great acting, 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. 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.


Member Reviews (134)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing
85
Avg Score

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.

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.

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you like great acting with superb direction. One of my fav Albee works, the other who's afraid. A must see with great actors.

Don't see it if Albee is not for everyone, so do some research on Albee first to see if he is for you.

70
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

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
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

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
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated

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.

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

See it if you love glenn close

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

89
Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Slow, Must see

See it if you want to see a classic

Don't see it if you hate family drama

70
Great writing, Great acting, Insipid, Slow

See it if you need, want or have to see Glenn Close on a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if you are more into musicals.

Also It is an old school play, very well acted, with the legendary Glenn Cl... Read more Read less

72
Dated, Great acting, Intense, Overrated, 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.

40
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing

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.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Intelligent

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.

90
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.

81
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

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.

100
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.

65
Confusing, Great acting, 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.

90
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.

75
Dated, Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Indulgent

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

25
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Boring

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

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

95
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

94
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.

100
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

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

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

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


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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