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A Delicate Balance

By Edward Albee

Photos by Enci

Credits

A Delicate Balance
By Edward Albee
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Starring: Susan Sullivan, David Selby, Mark Costello, O-lan Jones, Lily Knight, Deborah Puette

Set: Tom Buderwitz; Costumes: Diane Graebner; Lights: Leigh Allen; Sound: Christopher Moscatiello

Reviews

LA Times:
“Critic’s Choice: In her emotionally astute staging, director Robin Larsen sets her dream cast loose upon Albee’s fascinating, frustrating material, which ranges from the boozily meandering to the brilliant…Selby and Sullivan are most riveting…you will be richly rewarded by their vivid performances.”

The Hollywood Reporter
“…Director Robin Larsen has helmed so many superlative local productions over the years (Blackbird, Four Places, Tryst, Pursued by Happiness, etc.) that it is no revelation that such enormous care has massaged this difficult text into a consistency that makes its thorniness accessible.”

Talkin’ Broadway:
“The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble production is superb, with an amazing cast that demonstrates how extraordinary this work really is…Director Robin Larsen, who among her many talents is being a master at tricky familial dramas, from productions of Four Places and The Fall to Earth, leads her cast to layered, brilliant work. When Larsen helms a show, it’s in good hands…This, simply, is a must-see revival of a theatrical masterpiece.”

Stage Raw:
Then there’s the maestro — Robin Larsen — who directs this brilliant play superbly. Her characters, garbed in neutral colors of creams and grays, populate a plain, beige set representing this tastefully appointed, mid-century modern home, surrounded by bony trees festooned with dead leaves. (Scenic design is beautifully rendered by Tom Buderwitz, costumes by Dianne K. Graebner.) This deliberately blank setting provides the foil for all the vivid colors that can be found in the intense dialogue. Extracting astoundingly fine performances from the entire cast of six…”

Honors

2014 Arts In LA Sage Awards:
Direction, Robin Larsen
Performance, O-lan Jones, David Selby, Susan Sullivan
Scenic Design: Tom Buderwitz
Lighting Design: Leigh Allen

Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice

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