REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Little Foxes” Opened with a ShowScore of 87

Show-Score | Apr 20, 2017
“The Little Foxes,” written by Lillian Hellman and directed by Daniel Sullivan, opened on April 19, 2017 in New York City. “The Little Foxes,” written by Lillian Hellman and directed by Daniel Sullivan, opened on April 19, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

24 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 85
"Sullivan’s succulent new Broadway revival of the play cannot erase its tints of both moralizing and melodrama. But it proves once again that Hellman’s drama is also enduring entertainment...Both actors give rewarding performances in both roles. What’s more: Sullivan’s production has been cast in such depth that even the formidable leading ladies are by no means the whole show...Sullivan’s crackerjack production shines with polish and acting of sharp intelligence and theatrical acuity."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 85
"Under the scrupulous direction of Daniel Sullivan, Linney and Nixon prove that there is more than one way to skin a fox, with two highly contrasting interpretations that change the way we look at the play...Several of the supporting players also make big impressions...McKean brings a comic sensibility to the role of mean older brother Ben. His electric encounters with both Reginas are worth the price of admission alone...A must-see revival."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Daniel Sullivan directs Hellman’s Alabama tale with a crisp vigor that smooths over its melodramatic bumps...The cast is uniformly strong, and outstanding work comes from the leading ladies…'The Little Foxes' may not command as high a prospect in the pantheon of American drama as more poetic work by Tennessee Williams or Eugene O’Neill, but it’s cunningly built and packs a punch...This is such a richly satisfying revival, I’m going back for seconds."

“The Little Foxes” was also reviewed by Isabella Biedenharn of Entertainment Weekly, Thomas Burns Scully of Pop Dust, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Linda Winer of Newsday, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Alexis Soloski of The New York Times, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, and Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 128 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 88.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent

Betsy 2, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You want to see a solid production of an old-fashioned family melodrama. Acting, sets, and costumes are all first-rate." 
Don't see it if…"Solid professionalism alone isn't enough for you. This production gets everything right, but somehow never soars." 
Liz 6303, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney are stellar in this show. Based on what I saw and reviews, I recommend trying to see Linney in the Regina role." 
Don't see it if…"You are impatient or have a lacking attention span. It's conversation-driven, long (two intermissions), and has only one setting."
Bonnie E 6301, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"There is a reason certain plays become classics and any actor worth their chops wants in on it. This is a great revival: GO, GO, GO!"
Don't see it if…"You just want funny and god knows sometimes that's all we want. But that's not this play."

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