A Delicate Balance
Agnes (Katharine Hepburn), as domineering and sarcastic as her husband Tobias is equivocating and guarded, finds her empty Connecticut nest invaded. First, Agnes' alcoholic sister arrives to bitterly spar with her more stable sibling. Then, Agnes and Tobias' luckless in love daughter Julia returns home on the heels of yet another failed marriage. But the fuse on this upper-middle class powder keg comes in the form of friends Harry and Edna, who appear on the doorstep seeking shelter from an ephemeral emotional cave-in that has left them terrified, for reasons they can't name, of being alone. As each self-blinded character ignores the achingly bared soul of the others, Edward Albee's living room demolition derby leaves no one intact.