A Delicate Balance Critical Commentary - Essay

Edward Albee

Critical Commentary

(Drama Criticism)

Michael E. Rutenberg (essay date 1969)

SOURCE: "A Delicate Balance," in Edward Albee: Playwright in Protest, DBS Publications, Inc., 1969, pp. 137-64.

[In the essay below, Rutenberg maintains that A Delicate Balance is the "culmination" of the "mom and pop relationship, " a recurring theme in Albee's work.]

Notwithstanding the fact that Edward Albee received the Pulitzer Prize for A Delicate Balance, it still remains, aside from Tiny Alice, his most underrated play. Premiered on September 12, 1966, at the Martin Beck Theatre, its generally mild reception generated immediate controversy over Albee's...

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