Cinema: Tableaux of Ice

A DELICATE BALANCE

Directed by TONY RICHARDSON Screenplay by EDWARD ALBEE

A New England family: Mother (Katharine Hepburn) is a shaky queen who fills her days presiding over a wealthy household. Father (Paul Scofield) is a cultivated patsy. Sister (Kate Reid) is a puffy rummy who sweeps about in caftans. Daughter (Lee Remick) keeps ricocheting home after unsuccessful marriages. They all congregate in the heavily furnished rooms of the house, congratulate or chastise each other for the considerable amount of alcohol consumed, and make glum speculations on their neurotic lives.

Like its characters, Albee's...

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