A Delicate Balance: A Play in Three Acts

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Samuel French, Inc., 1966 - Drama - 99 pages
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Edward Albee Full Length, Drama Characters: 2 male, 4 female Interior Set This Pulitzer Prize winner enjoyed a stunning Broadway revival in 1996 with George Gizzard, Rosemary Harris and Elaine Stritch. Wealthy middle-aged couple, Agnes and Tobias have their complacency shattered when Harry and Edna, longtime friends appear at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, nameless fear has forced them from their own home, these neighbors bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and ultimately solace, upsetting the delicate balance of Agnes and Tobias' household. Winner of the 1996 Drama Desk and Award, Best Revival. Powerful...A beautiful play filled with humor and compassion, and touched with poetry... with] the stature and eloquence of a classic.-New York Daily News A brilliant play.-New York Post An evening of theatrical fireworks.-The New York Times
  

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User Review  - Jiyunkim - Goodreads

I saw the play and became interested in reading the script directly. I read a couple of other plays by Albee while I was at it. I loved the play performed and would like to see other versions of it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

Tight dialog. A few good lines. A great "aria" at the end. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
6
Section 3
7
Section 4
33
Section 5
68
Section 6
94
Section 7
97
Section 8
103
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About the author (1966)

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928. He was adopted as an infant by Reid Albee, the son of Edward Franklin Albee of the powerful Keith-Albee vaudeville chain. He was raised in great affluence and sent to preparatory and military schools. ending his formal education after a year and a half at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Albee often clashed with his mother and eventually left home when he was 20 and moved to New York's Greenwich Village. Albee's first job was writing continuity dialogue for radio station WNYC. After using up the inheritance from his paternal grandmother, he took a variety of menial jobs until 1959 when The Zoo Story made him a famous playwright, first in Europe, where it premiered in Berlin, and then in New York. In 1960 it won the Vernon Rice Memorial Award. Albee's first and major "hit" was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which opened on Broadway in 1963. It ran for 664 performances and was made into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and is probably Albee's most recognized work. In 1966, A Delicate Balance won Albee his first Pulitzer Prize. In 1975, Albee won his second Pulitzer with Seascape, and then his third with Three Tall Women in 1991. Three Tall Women enjoyed a sold-out success in New York and has been staged across the country and around the world. It received Best Play awards from the New York Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle. Albee has written 25 plays and over the years has received an impressive number of awards including two Tony Awards, one for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1965 and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2005. Albee also taught at the School of Theatre of the University of Houston and gives lectures on his work at colleges around the US.

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