Glenn Close to Return to Broadway Opposite Lithgow, Duncan, Balaban, Higgins & Plimpton in Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE

Wilmingtom
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Sensational cast, although memories of the last revival linger fondly for those lucky enough to have seen it. But, hey. it's been almost 20 years so why not? Great project for McKinnon.


Updated On: 5/15/14 at 02:32 PM
henrikegerman
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Part of me is perfectly intrigued by this cast. The other part wants Duncan and Close to switch or, perhaps better yet, alternate roles.
Gothampc
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I wonder if this will be another example like "The Heiress" where one version was so great that the new version will just pale in comparison.

The '96 revival was fantastic. Rosemary Harris, George Grizzard, Elaine Stritch, Mary Beth Hurt, Elizabeth Wilson. It was a perfect production.
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The '96 production was absolutely a stunner, but this is a stunning cast, and we know from recent experience that Mackinnon can direct the hell out of Albee. This is the most exciting announcement for next season I've yet seen!
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When I read the headline, I had also assumed Plimpton would be playing Claire.
Gothampc
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"and we know from recent experience that Mackinnon can direct the hell out of Albee."

Yeah, but can she keep Glenn Close from chewing the scenery.

And sorry, nobody can play the sister like Elaine Stritch did. Unfortunately that year was a tough year at the Tonys and Stritch didn't get Best Actress. But she deserved it.

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Updated On: 5/15/14 at 03:16 PM
devonian.t
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I saw the fairly recent revival starring Maggie Smith in London.

You could feel the manic tension rising as Act 1 passed with no sign of the great dame. There was a virtual communal sigh of relief when she came on for the last lines of what had clearly been a baffling act for most people, expecting 'Lettice and Lovage' or some such.
Blockhead24
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wait, when does Mothers and Sons close?
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Smaxie
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>I saw the fairly recent revival starring Maggie Smith in London.

You could feel the manic tension rising as Act 1 passed with no sign of the great dame. There was a virtual communal sigh of relief when she came on for the last lines of what had clearly been a baffling act for most people, expecting 'Lettice and Lovage' or some such.<

You saw The Lady from Dubuque, not A Delicate Balance.
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James2
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I'm really interested in this one. Now, I just need to spend the summer praying every night that Scott Rudin will let us plebeians have cheap tickets.
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devonian.t
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Ha! I think I just fell through a 3 Tall Women time warp!

I saw Maggie Smith in A Delicate Balance in the same theatre in 1997. Time just blurs doesn't it?

I also saw Maggie Smith in 3 Tall Women at the Wyndhams- the best of all 3 productions.

Have to confess, Lady from Dubuque was weakest of the 3. Thanks for untangling my garbled memory!
Roscoe
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Great cast -- I'm looking forward to seeing the great Claire Higgins again.

But really. Bob Balaban? That's the best they could do?
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It's interesting that both Martha Plimpton and Clare Higgins are currently performing in (a stunning) London production of Other Desert Cities about another dysfunctional family.
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Blockhead24, according to Playbill, Mothers & Sons closes on June 8.

ETA: Never mind, I found a previous thread that indicates that it was always a limited run.
Updated On: 5/16/14 at 05:29 PM
Mr Roxy
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Saw the 1996 version as well . No reason really to see this one after seeing the 96 one.
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