A DELICATE BALANCE
by Edward Albee
Yale Repertory Theater, 2010
Director: JAMES BUNDY
SET: CHIEN-YU PENG
LIGHT: ALAN C. EDWARDS
COSTUME: AARON P. MASTIN
SOUND: SARAH PICKETT
“Who wouldn’t want to live in this house? Or just in the library, which constitutes most of the set of Yale Rep’s moving new production of “A Delicate Balance,” Edward Albee’s 1966 Pulitzer Prize winner. It’s an almost frighteningly grand room with tall, multi paned windows and dark paneling from floor to sky-high ceiling. The bar — the room’s spiritual center — fills at least half a dozen bookshelves.
Chien-Yu Peng’s set design is so real-estate-enviable that it would be only natural for characters to gravitate toward it.”
Anita Gates, New York Times
“...a massive set of imposing dark-wood bookcases and comfortable armchairs. Chien-Yu Peng’s set design even includes a ceiling, a high austere one to show how settled and boxed-in the play’s cultured protagonists are. There’s plenty of room on the stage for grand entrances, lively banter and some killer laughs.”
Christopher Arnott , New Haven Advocate
“...astonishingly realized by set designer Chien-Yu Peng..."
E. Kyle Minor, New Haven Register
“Designer Chien-Yu Peng provides floor-to-ceiling bookcases and rich, attractive trappings within Agnes and Tobias's home or estate.
Those living in New England suburbs or, for example, Westchester County, will recognize the interior of this home. One theater patron rhetorically asked, just before the play began several days ago, "Who wouldn't want to live there?"”
Fred Sokol, talkingbroadway.com
“Chien-Yu Peng's massive set perfectly embodies overwhelming wealth”
DAVID A. ROSENBERG, Wilton Villager
“...well-appointed livingroom, a wonderful Yale-ish space with dark wood and cathedral-like verticality by Chien-Yu Peng.”
Donald Brown, New Haven Review
"...the height and breadth of which is a perfect backdrop for the well-appointed set by Chien-Yu Peng with its dark paneling and floor-to-ceiling bookcases. It conveys the sense that the characters feel small and trapped, despite the vast size of the home-the obligatory statement of wealth."
Amy J. Barry, Shore Publishing
CHIEN-YU PENG SET DESIGN