Off-kilter drama at the Playhouse

Kate Clarke as Agnes, Kent Kirkpatrick as Tobias, and Robin Elizabeth Jones as Claire in A Delicate Balance at the Santa Fe Playhouse

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? may be Edward Albee’s best-known play, but critics increasingly regard 1967’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance as his best written.

The six-person drama about how a middle-class couple’s carefully calibrated, alcohol-fueled equilibrium is upended one evening by two unexpected arrivals — their daughter, fleeing husband number four, and their best friends, fleeing a fear they can’t describe — is the next offering in Santa Fe Playhouse’s centennial season.

Director L. Zane Jones says of it: “Truth and illusion are interchangeable for the people in this play. ... Their drive to maintain order and stay in control creates more chaos and a never-ending cycle of regret, blame, and denial.”

See it at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, then 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 15.

Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. De Vargas St.; $30-$75, with discounts available; 505-988-4262, santafeplayhouse.org; mask wearing and proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID test required.

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