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A Delicate Balance

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Edward Albee's 1966 Pulitzer-winning play should be packaged with a warning to inexperienced theater companies: Don't try this at home. It takes a virtuoso production like this one by the Remy Bumppo Theatre Company to have any hope of revealing the brooding pain beneath the script's slashing wit. But even with James Bohnen's intelligent direction, a star turn by Wendy Robie, and heavyweights like Annabel Armour and David Darlow in the lead roles exploiting every opportunity for drama and dark laughter, the castrated Tobias and castrating Agnes still feel like faint echoes of the central couple in Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Still, there's something fascinating about watching the upper-crust WASPs here blindly lash out at each other for three acts. Through 10/31: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000. $10-$35.

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