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A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee

By Edward Albee

One in all Edward Albee's such a lot celebrated works, A gentle Balance premiered on Broadway in 1966 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, the 1st of 3 he has acquired for his paintings. The play revolves round filthy rich middle-aged couple Agnes and Tobias, who've their complacency shattered while their longtime pals Harry and Edna look at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, anonymous "fear" has compelled them from their very own domestic, those associates carry a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and finally solace, scary the "delicate balance" of Agnes and Tobias's household.

In fresh years, A gentle Balance has loved many and new wonderful revivals, working now, together with a Broadway construction in 1996, which received the Tony Award for most sensible Revival, and one other on the Alameida Theatre in London in 2011.

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OLDMAN That’s not right. Blood dries, and what’s past is past. TYPIST Is that my fault, sir! [To the YOUNG MAN] Please pay me what you owe. I want to get out of this house. YOUNG MAN IIrritated'] Very well. It’s not my fault either. Besides, you know perfectly well that I belong to another. You may go. TYPIST [To the OLDMAN] Do you hear? He’s throwing me out of his house. He doesn’t want me here. [She cries. ] OLDMAN [Surreptitiously to the YOUNG MAN] That woman is dangerous. YOUNG MAN I’d love her if I only could, just as I’d love to be thirsty at a fountain.

Ya lo sabe usted, si digo novia la veo sin querer amortajada en un cielo sujeto por enormes trenzas de nieve. 1 No, no es ONCE FIVE YEARS PASS o 15 OLDMAN [Indulgent] She has such braids. Why, you could live on their per­ fume and never miss bread or water. YOUNG MAN [He rises] I think so much! OLDMAN You dream so much! YOUNG MAN What’s that? OLDMAN You think so much th a t__ YOUNG MAN My flesh is raw. Burned inside. OLDMAN [Handing him a glass] Take a drink. YOUNG MAN Thank you! When I start thinking of my little girl, my child___ OLDMAN Try saying, my fiancee.

YOUNG MAN Very young. Fifteen years old! 12 • ASI QUE PASEN CINCO ANOS VIEJO18 Quince anos que ha vivido ella, que son ella misma. ,'Pero por que no decir: tiene quince nieves, quince aires, quince crepusculos! 19 JOVEN [Se sientay20 se cubre la cam con las mams] jLa quiero demasiado! VIEJO [De pie y con energta] O bien decir: tiene quince rosas, quince alas, quince granitos de arena. 21 JOVEN Usted quiere apartarme de ella. [Pero ya conozco su procedimiento. ]22 Pero es que yo estoy enamorado y quiero estar enamorado.

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