By Edward Albee
Certainly one of Edward Albee's such a lot celebrated works, A smooth Balance premiered on Broadway in 1966 and gained the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, the 1st of 3 he has obtained for his paintings. The play revolves round prosperous middle-aged couple Agnes and Tobias, who've their complacency shattered whilst their longtime neighbors Harry and Edna seem at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, anonymous "fear" has pressured them from their very own domestic, those buddies convey a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and eventually solace, scary the "delicate balance" of Agnes and Tobias's household.
In contemporary years, A soft Balance has loved many and new gorgeous revivals, operating now, together with a Broadway construction in 1996, which received the Tony Award for top Revival, and one other on the Alameida Theatre in London in 2011.
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A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee