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A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance

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Writer:
  • family
  • friendship
  • responsibility
  • balance
  • wealth
  • loss
  • grief
  • terror
  • fear
  • flee
  • escape


Overview


Synopsis

Middle-aged, upper-class, and delicately-balanced couple Agnes and Tobias maintain a financially comfortable but emotionally uncomfortable existence in their suburban empty nest, along with their permanent houseguest, Agnes’ alcoholic sister, Claire. When their neighbors and self-professed best friends Harry and Edna arrive at the house, running from some unnamed “terror” lurking in their own home, the tenuous complacency Agnes strives to maintain begins to falter. The conflict is brought to a head by the arrival of Tobias and Agnes’ adult daughter, Julia, fleeing her fourth unsuccessful marriage. Over the course of one very rocky weekend, the delicately maintained equilibrium is bound to go flying. A Delicate Balance is Edward Albee at his best -- funny, surprising, and remarkably meaningful.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Book:
Category
Play
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1966
Genres
Dark Comedy
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
agnes and tobias’ suburban home, the present
Cast Size
small
Licensor:
Ideal For
small cast, older characters, ensemble cast, community theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, mature adult characters
Tags:
  • family
  • friendship
  • responsibility
  • balance
  • wealth
  • loss
  • grief
  • terror
  • fear
  • flee
  • escape

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