Edward Albee’s ‘A Delicate Balance’ Opens April 23

Edward Albee’s ‘A Delicate Balance’ opens April 23 at Santa Fe Playhouse. Courtesy/Santa Fe Playhouse

SANTA FE PLAYHOUSE News:

SANTA FE — Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. De Vargas St. The production is directed by L. Zane Jones. 

In Edward Albee’s 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Agnes (Kate Clarke) and Tobias (Kent Kirkpatrick) are a middle-aged, upper-middle-class couple in middle America, existing in a passion-free marriage. Agnes blames her slow loss of sanity on their permanent houseguest — her alcoholic sister, Claire (Robin Elizabeth Jones). Tobias blames his on Agnes.

On the night in question, their home is invaded by their daughter, Julia (Elizabeth Fagan), on the run from her fourth marriage, and their best friends, Harry (Brent Black) and Edna (Leslie Fleming-Mitchell), who have left their home due to a fear they can’t name.

During a long night of drinking, tempers flare and truth explodes from darkness. 

“Not unlike Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, this is a satiric romp through WASP angst and neuroses,” Jones said. “Truth and illusion are interchangeable for the people in this play, who are struggling to maintain their status quo — something Mr. Albee often challenges us to question and dismantle. Their drive to maintain order and stay in control creates more chaos and a never-ending cycle of regret, blame, and denial.” 

Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance performances run through May 15. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Matinees begin the second performance weekend.

Tickets are $75 for premium reserved seating; $50 for reserved seating; $30 for general admission; $27 for seniors; and $15 for students. Go to santafeplayhouse.org or call 505.988.4262. 

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