By Edward Albee
Considered one of Edward Albee's such a lot celebrated works, A smooth Balance premiered on Broadway in 1966 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, the 1st of 3 he has bought for his paintings. The play revolves round filthy rich middle-aged couple Agnes and Tobias, who've their complacency shattered while their longtime acquaintances Harry and Edna seem at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, anonymous "fear" has compelled them from their very own domestic, those buddies convey a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and eventually solace, provoking the "delicate balance" of Agnes and Tobias's household.
In contemporary years, A soft Balance has loved many and new attractive revivals, working now, together with a Broadway construction in 1996, which gained 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