By Edward Albee
Considered one of Edward Albee's so much celebrated works, A soft Balance premiered on Broadway in 1966 and gained the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, the 1st of 3 he has bought for his paintings. The play revolves round prosperous middle-aged couple Agnes and Tobias, who've their complacency shattered whilst their longtime buddies Harry and Edna seem at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, anonymous "fear" has compelled them from their very own domestic, those associates deliver a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and finally solace, scary the "delicate balance" of Agnes and Tobias's household.
In fresh years, A smooth Balance has loved many and new lovely revivals, working now, together with a Broadway creation in 1996, which received the Tony Award for top Revival, and one other on the Alameida Theatre in London in 2011.
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