Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, originally produced on Broadway in
1966, was the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. It deals with a
present day family's denial of emotions, missed opportunities, and
regrets over paths not taken.
Trying to avoid pain and discomfort, according to Albee, only generates
more pain and discomfort. Albee said "If I wrote plays about everyone
getting along terribly well, I don't think anyone would want to see
them ... You have to show people things that aren't working well in the
hopes that people will make them work better."
One reviewer wrote, "It is far from light hearted and at key moments
chilling. But in the strictest sense this is a comedy of manners to the
core. Those who play it as a Gregorian chant are doomed. The players
must take us down their dark road in stitches."