Ballyshannon Drama Society – A Delicate Balance
After last year’s stunning production of All My Sons Ballyshannom return with A DelicateBalance. The uneasy existence of upper-middle-class suburbanites Agnes and Tobias and their permanent houseguest, Agnes; witty, acerbic, unpredictable and alcoholic sister Claire, is disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong family friends Harry and Edna, fellow empty nesters with free-floating anxiety, who ask to stay with them to escape an unnamed terror. They soon are followed by Agnes and Tobias’s bitter 36-year-old daughter Julia, who returns home following the collapse of her fourth marriage; the masks of civility drop and raw feelings emerge. Filled with shades of meaning, subtleties, and whole paragraphs of brilliant dialogue, A Delicate Balance has become classic theatre, a timeless mirror of the worst, and sometimes the best, aspects of modern life.