The Little Foxes

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A little dated, but you will not look at your watch!

The Manhattan Theater Club is staging a revival of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 “The Little Foxes.” We went on Wednesday and — after the response to my comments on “Sunday in the Park” and “Oslo” — I’ll be cautious in my comments. As you may have read the two female lead roles are played by Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon; that alone should be enough to go. However, perhaps in an effort to boost the box office, they switch off the roles depending on the night of the week!

The play that recounts the sordid relationship between the intertwined Giddens and Hubbard families in a “southern” town — assumed to be in Alabama — at the turn of the century. The first two acts, were, we thought, almost sensational, the third act and the denouement felt a little forced and the age of the play really showed then. The play is dominated by the role of Regina Giddens, a powerful scheming female, played the night we went by Laura Linney. The lesser role of Birdie Hubbard was Nixon’s. The contrast between the two characters is so great that indeed one is tempted to return to see how Nixon could possibly transform her performance from mousie, shy and beaten to powerful and scheming. We thought they were both marvelous and gave them what we believed to be a well deserved SO.

By the way, the rest of the cast is pretty good too. As a sideline, for fans of FX’s “The Americans,” you’ll find out what happened to Agent Gaad!

Two great actresses having a great time on stage. Go, it’s just been extended.

Martin McKerrow

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