A Delicate Balance
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A Delicate Balance
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A Delicate Balance NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(134 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
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.

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Member Reviews (134)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
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.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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.

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
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.

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
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.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
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

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
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.

225 Reviews | 293 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (14)

Newsday
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 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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Entertainment Weekly
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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Variety
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 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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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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