Edward Albee's Searing Comedy of Manners A Delicate Balance
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The last date listed for A Delicate Balance was Sunday October 23, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wi … 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.
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"A Delicate Balance" is a wonderfully written play where nothing happens but everything happens.
Jamie Jones as "Claire" steals the show even before she brings out the accordion. She channels all the best of Stockard Channing and adds a...continued
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.