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A Delicate Balance - 2014 - Broadway

A DELICATE BALANCE, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning masterwork returns to Broadway with an extraordinary cast.

In A DELICATE BALANCE, Agnes (Glenn Close) and Tobias (John Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Martha Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends (Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes' alcoholic sister Claire (Lindsay Duncan).

The Daily News calls A DELICATE BALANCE "a beautiful play- easily Albee's best and most mature, filled with humor and compassion and touched with poetry." It "proves that old-fashioned stage virtues- originality of voice, depth of feeling, richness of language- can still provide a thrill" (TIME Magazine). "If you really care about serious theatre, brilliant theatre, great acting, and great playwriting, this is the only play to see on Broadway" (New York Post).

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 55 minutes

John Golden Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
252 West 45th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For A Delicate Balance


Pretty Crowded for an Empty Nest - The New York Times
Hope arrives in the form of dread toward the end of the first act of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance"...Up to that point in this production, directed by Pam MacKinnon, it's been hard to detect much feeling of any kind within the carefully color-coordinated, dust-free, energy-free environs that have been installed onstage. To be sure, the three talented and celebrated people we have been watching up there thus far -- Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Lindsay Duncan -- have been delivering their characters' zingers and stingers with crispness, clarity and, when one feels an important theme coming on, heavy italics. Yet they have the distant, flattened dimensions of specimens under glass...But then -- oh, sweet deliverance -- here come good old, miserable, intrusive Harry and Edna to shake things up...As embodied by Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins, Harry and Edna arrive like a gust of -- well, I was going to say fresh air, but what Harry and Edna bring with them is something noxious and polluted...Their acting is more subtle than anybody else's here, but it is also bone deep...Yet in this version of "A Delicate Balance," there is no underneath. Its stars speak the lines as if they -- I mean, the performers, not the characters -- know exactly what they're saying and why...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.

A Delicate Balance review – Close and Lithgow share cocktails and threats - The Guardian
In A Delicate Balance, an ominous domestic drama of 1966 now revived on Broadway, there's hardly a sentence that isn't meant to scratch or slice or slash...The director, Pam MacKinnon, who superintended the most recent and rather dazzling revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, works to ground these seemingly extraordinary events and to temper Albee's penchant for absurdism with a realistic emotional palette...Despite the exertions of director and cast, the play can feel long and talky and the audience was not without its snoozers. Yet nearly half a century on, it hasn't really dated. The sense of menace and threat that underlies the chat - the tenuousness of even the most settled lives - remains immediate and disturbing. Like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (if unlike The Zoo Story), a lot threatens to happen, but not much does....


 

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by BWW Special Coverage - February 22, 2015
The Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, directed by Pam MacKinnon and starring Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins, and Martha Plimpton concludes its run today, February 22, at the Golden Theatre.
by TV News Desk - February 5, 2015
Glenn Close stopped by last night's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS to talk about her return to Broadway in the hit play A DELICATE BALANCE. Watch clips from the appearance below!
by TV News Desk - February 3, 2015
On today's LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL, Glenn Close brought along two iconic coats from her past roles (“Fatal Attraction” and “101 Dalmatians”), which Kelly and Michael tried on.
by TV News Desk - February 3, 2015
On today's 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will be joined by GLENN CLOSE. The three-time Tony Award winner will discuss her return to Broadway in the play A Delicate Balance.
by BWW News Desk - December 8, 2014
Glenn Close, John Lithgow, and Lindsay Duncan, currently starring in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance will appear in a 'TimesTalks' with New York Times Theater reporter Patrick Healy, tonight, December 8th at 6:30pm. Close, Lithgow, and Duncan will discuss their work in A Delicate Balance, their creative collaboration, and careers in television and film.
by BWW News Desk - December 3, 2014
Glenn Close, John Lithgow, and Lindsay Duncan, currently starring in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance will appear in a 'TimesTalks' with New York Times Theater reporter Patrick Healy, Monday, December 8th at 6:30pm. Close, Lithgow, and Duncan will discuss their work in A Delicate Balance, their creative collaboration, and careers in television and film. The talk will run from 6:30PM - 8 PM at the TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St. Tickets, priced at $40, can be purchased at TimesTalks.com.
by TV News Desk - December 3, 2014
Actors Glenn Close and John Lithgow stopped by ABC's THE VIEW to talk about working togther in the new Broadway production of Edward Ablee's A DELICATE BALANCE. Check out the appearance below!
by TV News Desk - December 2, 2014
ABC has announced that Glenn Close and John Lithgow, who currently star in Broadway's A Delicate Balance will drop by THE VIEW today, November 2nd. Singer and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will also be a guest on the show, which airs 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).
by Michael Dale - November 23, 2014
Pam MacKinnon's starry production has its stumbling points.
by Walter McBride - November 21, 2014
Last night marked the opening of the star-studded review of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance with Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins, and Martha Plimpton. During the emotional opening night curtain call, the cast took the time to pay tribute to legendary director Mike Nichols, who passed away yesterday. The limited engagement of A Delicate Balance, directed by Pam MacKinnon runs through Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).
by Review Roundups - November 20, 2014
Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance stars Glenn Close (returning to Broadway for the first time in twenty years), John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins, and Martha Plimpton. The limited engagement of A Delicate Balance, directed by Pam MacKinnon, officially opens tonight, November 20, and runs through Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say...
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 20, 2014
Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance opens tonight, November 20 on Broadway, starring Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins, and Martha Plimpton. The limited engagement of A Delicate Balance, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will run through Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by Naomi Serviss - November 20, 2014
Plimpton, though weaned on Edward Albee plays, "never had that kind of intimate thing with it," but now she's immersed as Julia in A DELICATE BALANCE.
by Meet the Cast - November 20, 2014
Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance opens tonight, November 20, on Broadway. The production stars Glenn Close (returning to Broadway for the first time in twenty years), John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins, and Martha Plimpton. The limited engagement of A Delicate Balance, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will run through Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast!