The Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, California is presenting Edward Albee's ``A Delicate Balance,'' probably my favorite play by him. It's about a dysfunctional family, headed by the couple Tobias and Agnes, nothing new in that theme, but newer when Albee wrote it in 1967.
I just found out about the production. It's a coincidence to me that it is being done, since I had been talking about the play a few days ago to someone – about the couple who suddenly, unannounced, move into Agnes and Tobias' home because they are ``frightened.'' That moment has always stuck with me.
While Albee doesn't explain, it, this fear is likely of being alone with one's thoughts. The couple, Harry and Edna, are really desparate to escape themselves. I thought of the play because of the upcoming (a few days ago) tenth anniversary of 9/11, which also produces a kind of fear reflective of Albee's play, of loss and loneliness.
When 9/11 happened, after watching television for hours, I went into my gallery to get away from the depression of it. Although the sign on the door read ``Closed,'' I wasn't there more than ten minutes when two couples knocked on the door.
They said they were from New York, they had friends in the Twin Towers they were worried for, their return flight to New York had been canceled, and, said one of the women, ``Could we just come in and look at pictures for a while? It would help so much.''
I said of course. I went out and bought tea and coffee and we spent several hours looking at pictures and talking. They reminded me a bit of Harry and Edna in ``A Delicate Balancing,'' coming to Agnes and Tobias' home looking for shelter and comfort.
Agnes, by the way, is played by the very talented Kimberly King (pictured). I reviewed her many years ago in a Monterey production of Tennessee Williams' ``The Glass Menagerie.'' She played Laura, Tennessee Williams' mentally ill sister Rose who was eventually destroyed with a lobotomy. That operation, I am told, takes away fear and loneliness, and everything else.
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