Broadway Review: ‘A Delicate Balance’ With Glenn Close and John Lithgow

November 21, 2014 3:43 AM

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“A Delicate Balance” is no play for sissies. Edward Albee won the Pulitzer but unnerved auds with his 1966 drawing-room drama about an upper-middle-class family of WASPs who are suddenly gripped by a mysterious existential malaise. All these years later, it’s still very disturbing to look this work in the eye. Pam MacKinnon (who did the scribe proud with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) helms a lustrous cast toplined by Glenn Close and John Lithgow as the complacent heads of a family who lose their composure when faced to confront an undefined “terror” that has stricken their best friends.

Albee sets off tremors simply by introducing the haughty folks who live in comfort (splendor, if you price the marble fireplace and crystal chandeliers) in the spacious and tastefully furnished suburban home designed by Santo Loquasto. Close, with her fine bones, imperial manner and elegant wardrobe...

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