Edward Albee's Searing Comedy of Manners A Delicate Balance
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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
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It's hard to believe that this play is 45 years old, because it's as fresh as paint. The witty and often brilliant dialog doesn't quite mask that, at its heart, the play asks some stark and fundamental questions: what have we done with our lives? are we happy with the way things worked out? whose fault is it? what is a family, anyway? how did we come to this? can life be terrifying and boring and beautiful--at the same time? Not that you leave the theater with pat answers (please! it's an Albee play) but you'll surely be thinking about these questions for a while. What's more, even though it explores serious issues, the play is also very funny--it's billed as a comedy of manners, after all. And did I mention the dialog? It's very satisfying to watch and hear the (uniformly excellent) actors' back-and-forth volleys and serves, as well as the occasional poignant soliloquy: not a word is filler, not a gesture gratuitous. This is Theater with a capital T. Yes, it's 3 hours long--with 2 intermissions, no less--but it's time well spent, and really, how many things can you say that about? Please go see it.
Aurora Theatre Company proudly opens its 20th anniversary season with renowned American playwright Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning brutal comedy of manners A Delicate Balance. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms a remarkable cast for A Delicate Balance, including Aurora co-founder Ken Grantham and the company’s first leading lady (Candida), Kimberly King. Jamie Jones makes her Aurora Theatre Company debut and Bay Area favorites Anne Darragh, Charles Dean and Carrie Paff return to the Aurora stage, rounding out this spectacular ensemble.