A Delicate Balance Summary

  • A Delicate Balance is 3 Hours long, including an intermission of 30 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 20, 2014
  • Opens November 20, 2014
  • Show Closed: February 22, 2015

A Delicate Balance is the story of a couple whose adult daughter comes home following an unhappy marriage, whose sister is an alcoholic truth teller who lives with them, and whose best friends suddenly show up and decide to move in. Like the mythological Cassandra, the only character who can often see the truth is the alcoholic Claire, who is considered blind due to her flaws.

A Delicate Balance on Broadway Background

A Delicate Balance is one of Edward Albee’s most beloved plays. It premiered in 1966 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967. This production will be directed by Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), and the starry cast is made up of Bob Balaban, Glenn Close, Lindsay Duncan, Clare Higgins, John Lithgow, and Martha Plimpton. The play is deeply relatable and profoundly unsettling.

What’s A Delicate Balance Like?

This is the story of a couple who has lived a long life and has come to the point where they are not quite sure what is left for them, and their friends who come to live with them represent their more pathetic selves, who only know how to cozy up and be frightened of the world. As for the daughter Julia, she feels just as old as her parents with her marriage on the rocks, and all she wants to do is regress to her childhood. Despite these sad elements, the play is uplifting due to its candid depiction of reality.

Is A Delicate Balance Good for Kids?

Due to adult references to alcohol, depression, and minimal violence, the show may be inappropriate for children ages 13 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 805
Entrance: 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre Seating Chart

A Delicate Balance Marquee

A Delicate Balance Marquee

Cast Members

Agnes
Glenn Close
Tobias
John Lithgow
Claire
Lindsay Duncan

Producers

Scott Rudin

Production Credits

Director
Pam MacKinnon
Scenic Designer
Santo Loquasto
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Lighting Designer
Brian MacDevitt
Book
Edward Albee

Creative Team

General Manager
Joey Parnes Productions LLC
Company Manager
Penny Daulton
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Philip Rinaldi Publicity