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"A Delicate Balance"
WHERE: Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 3-4; 2 p.m. Sunday and May 5
TICKETS: Adults $15, seniors and students $10
INFO: 304-721-8896 or www.albanartscenter.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" comes to the Alban Arts Center on Friday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy is not as well-known as Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" but it also deals with a marriage, the use of alcohol and what is real.
Director Patrick Felton spoke with the gazz about the production and what it was like to direct his father, Mark Felton, in the lead role.
Q: What do I need to know about "A Delicate Balance"?
A:"This is Edward Albee's follow-up to 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' He won the Pulitzer for this one, his first Pulitzer." ["Woolf" was selected to win but, ultimately, was overruled by the Pulitzer Prize's advisory committee.]
"The plot is a little complicated. You have a married couple in their mid- to late-'60s named Agnes and Tobias. Agnes's alcoholic sister is living with them, and it's implied that Claire had an affair with Tobias.
"Suddenly, the couple is visited by their two best friends, who've fled their house for some unknown terror. They're also visited by their adult daughter, Julia, whose fourth marriage has fallen apart.
"All of this sort of disrupts the delicate balance of happiness and stasis in Agnes and Tobias's house."