by Paula Citron
Edward Albee’s 1966 A Delicate Balance is getting star treatment at Stratford.
Albee is an absurdist. His seemingly realistic plays contain bizarre events that seem larger than life designed to mask searing indictments of the human condition. The fears and secrets of a dysfunctional upper class family are revealed when two friends drop in for an unexpected visit.
Martha Henry is the posturing and complicated mother, Fiona Reid her perceptive alcoholic sister, Michelle Giroux the feckless daughter, while Patricia Collins and James Blendick are the troubled friends. And kudos to David Fox who plays the stoic father, replacing William Hutt in the role and doing an excellent job.
Director Diana Leblanc is a master of intellectual contemporary theatre, particularly highlighting subtle nuances of language and shifts of relationships. My one cavil is that I’m not sure it works as well as it could in the thrust Tom Patterson Theatre.
A Delicate Balance continues until Sept. 23.
From The Stratford Festival’s Tom Patterson Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.