Has company you didn’t expect or want ever fallen in on you?
That’s one of the dilemmas facing the protagonists of “A Delicate Balance,” the first of Edward Albee’s three Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, a Tony Award nominee, and the next production at Silver Spring Stage.
It takes place over one weekend in the living room of a suburban home belonging to Agnes and Tobias, a long-married, middle-aged, upper-class couple who are comfortable financially, but not emotionally.
They’re already besieged by Claire, Agnes’s live-in alcoholic sister, when their supposedly best friends Harry and Edna arrive, running from an unnamed “terror” in their own home. Agnes strives to remain complacent, but teeters on the brink when her daughter also shows up after her fourth marriage breaks up.
“As with many things in life, what makes the play challenging is also what makes it satisfying,” said Fred Zirm, who is making his directorial debut at the Stage. “Albee deals with some raw, fundamental emotions – fear, guilt, anger, and resentment, as well as love and compassion – that can be difficult to deal with in both life and on stage.”