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A Delicate Balance

Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy examines people in the grip of an existential malaise.

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A Delicate Balance

Date: 5 Oct 2019

Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance is the story of Agnes and Tobias, a couple seemingly content with their suburban lives, despite dealing with Agnesʼ unrepentant alcoholic sister, Claire, and their serially divorced daughter, Julia.

Then their best friends, Edna and Harry, arrive uninvited, fleeing a nameless terror, and announce they are moving in.

Gradually cracks appear in the smooth veneer of the household and decades-long unspoken resentments bubble to the surface.

Albee’s scalpel-sharp comedy is a funny yet moving examination of a group of people gripped by an existential malaise.

A Delicate Balance portrays a group of people caught between doing what is right and what is easy,” says director Victor Kalka.

“If we judge the characters for their actions, we also need to take a long hard look at our current situation. Are we doing all we can?”

“Albee’s writing is incredibly prescient, and it is hard to imagine that this play has not been staged in Sydney since 1998.”

Kalka’s ensemble is James Bean, Martin Bell, Alison Chambers, Zoë Crawford, Suzann James and Alice Livingstone.

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