Theater: Not So 'Delicate Balance;' Lovely 'Allegro'

November 21, 2014 7:31 PM

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I'm not sure what I think of Edward Albee's play A Delicate Balance or even what I think of this particular production. All I can discuss is this particular performance, an evening filled with difficulties. This starry new production directed by Pam MacKinnon (who did a solid job with Albee's Virginia Woolf) has three acts. I and virtually everyone else in sight spent the first act infuriated and confused by the fact that someone on the other side of the theater began to snore very, very loudly the moment the play began and continued unabated throughout the 50 minutes of the first act. Star Glenn Close notably stumbled over her lines in key monologues. Audience members continually craned their necks, trying to see who it was, wondering helplessly why the people next to this slumberer didn't just shake him or her awake. What was going on? Someone opening a candy wrapper can ruin an entire scene; this was a non-stop barrage of noise that filled the theater.

The actual truth was revealed during the intermission. On the other side of the theater was a person in a wheelchair with a care-giver and various apparatus in tow. The constant noise was apparently coming from them. This was actually comforting; at least we knew audience members hadn't lost their m...

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