A Delicate Balance

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    November 1, 2014

    "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."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "Leave it to Edward Albee to make a story of a couple’s home invasion — not by strangers, but by people they’re supposed to love and cherish — so whip-smart and wickedly funny."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "This new 'A Delicate Balance' is like a Christmas fruitcake that’s been left out too long: It’s boozy and loaded with goodies — Glenn Close! John Lithgow! — but it’s also on the dry side."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "Its biggest asset is Lithgow, who gives one of those masterful performances that's entertaining even as it's dramatically potent."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "In this deluxe revival, an exemplary cast headed by Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Lindsay Duncan takes its cue from the title, revealing the drama’s psychological complexity with exacting measures of wit, cruelty and contagious fear."
    David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

    "'A Delicate Balance' is no play for sissies. Edward Albee won the Pulitzer but unnerved auds with his 1966 drawing-room drama about an upper-middle-class family of WASPs who are suddenly gripped by a mysterious existential malaise. All these years later, it’s still very disturbing to look this work in the eye."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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