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Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club revives Lillian Hellman’s classic drama about greed and ambition, starring three-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon alternating in the roles of Regina and Birdie. More…

Set in Alabama in 1900, 'The Little Foxes' follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan ('Proof,' 'Rabbit Hole') directs.


Member Reviews (584)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing
88
Avg Score

94
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Riveting, Exquisite

See it if You want to see an intelligent play done with razor sharp accuracy by a perfect cast.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a classic play done to perfection.

70
Slow, Disappointing

See it if It put me right to sleep. This is not a fair review. I'm sure the performances were great. That said, it put me right to sleep.

Don't see it if You don't like period classics or don't have good seats. (I dealth with both.)

80
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you love a great story with superb acting

Don't see it if If your not into classic drama

90
Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Epic, Entertaining

See it if Family power struggle makes one woman ruthless and cold, another loving and crushed. There is hope for the daughter.

Don't see it if No surprises in the plot or character development, but everything is very well done. Story and characters 80, acting and production 100.

80
Resonant, Great acting, Compelling, Distressing, Slow

See it if you're interested in seeing a great production of a show in the tradition of Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller.

Don't see it if you have a hard time watching period pieces, particularly ones that maintain a pretty slow pace (compelling, but slow).

Also I saw both incarnations and recommend seeing Cynthia Nixon as Birdie a... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see masterful storytelling (by Hellman) in a worthy revival starring an all-star cast, all at their absolute best.

Don't see it if you can't abide a faithful revival of a "period piece". [Perhaps this type of theatre isn't for all, but I can't imagine not being rapt.]

Also BLUE Performance: I saw what I consider to be the "definitive" casting... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if Hellman's 1939 anti-capitalistic melodrama shines like a new penny w/Sullivan's majestic direction & glorious performances by entire cast

Don't see it if At times, lethargic writing to score dramatic points but not harmful My eve, Linney played Regina & was magnificent as was Nixon's Birdie

92
Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want top-notch acting in a classic play that still holds up. You enjoy family dramas. You want beautiful costumes & sets.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You dislike family dramas.

Also Don't fret over which cast to see. Laura Kinney & Cynthia Nixon shine ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like period family dramas, or you feel you haven't seen any good performances in awhile. These actors are at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you prefer contemporary settings and positive family dynamics.

84
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You love classic, familial, drawing-room dramas about deceit and power -- especially those with strong, central female characters.

Don't see it if You prefer modern plays that deal with current issues, and not those about wealthy, greedy, white Southerners from the early 1900s.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want a great evening in the theater. You deserve the experience of seeing this classic of character driven passions and shifting power!

Don't see it if you are not interested in great theater. Perhaps you might want to avoid it if you are emotionally fragile. The climax is hard to watch

100
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see the finest production of a serious important classic drama now playing in New York ! You will be blown away as I was ! Go !

Don't see it if You can't deal with a full length 3 act drama. You want to miss the finest theatre-going experience in NY now !

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You like classic plays performed effortlessly by master actors. A power struggle among family members in the deep South, where status rules

Don't see it if You like light musicals or fantasy. This is a three act play. You must pay attention

Also The cast is fantastic. Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon alternate the fe... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you want to see a top-notch cast in a skillful revival of an almost-classic American play/

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas and people behaving badly.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Anxiety provoking

See it if you crave a great ensemble with no weak links; you like a good story with personalities you either love or hate.

Don't see it if cruel intentions and nasty family interactions make you insanely uncomfortable; you can't imagine that money can be the root of all evil.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, See it twice if you can, Masterful

See it if you like classic dramas done exquisitely, and you'd enjoy the fascinating acting exercise of seeing Linney and Nixon alternate roles.

Don't see it if you dislike long dialogue driven plays set in 1900. I myself cannot wait to see it a second time with the alternate casting.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great directing, Great designs

See it if you like brilliant writing being brought to life by brilliant actors and a brilliant director.Linney &Nixon are absolutely perfect.Go see it

Don't see it if you liked the awful version directed by Van Hove at NYFW in 2011.MTC's version fulfills the gift that Hellman gave us in this beautiful play

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if love to watch two women take charge of the stage in ways that only Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon can.

Don't see it if period pieces are boring to you

88
Powerful, Insidious, Wonderful acting, Revelatory

See it if The venality, selfishness & neediness of the characters are breathtaking, but the uncanny ability of the actors to bring to life the indi...

Don't see it if ...vidual depths to which each is willing to go is astonishing. Cynthia Nixon as Regina is chilling. Goodness is not always its own reward.

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Wonderful acting by true professsionals. Relationships in a southern family.

Don't see it if If you only like light dramas and musicals.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if a well-constructed period drama about a dysfunctional Southern family with greed, power & money issues, a nasty woman; incredible acting

Don't see it if you want happily-ever-after, want a musical, you don't want to see the complexity of a nasty woman

Also The entire ensemble was great!!... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see an outstanding production of a classic Lillian Hellman play about sibling greed and the effects it has on their families.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas where negative portrayals of siblings will upset you as performed by alternating leads each performance.

70
Slow, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy stories set in the South in the early 1900s or if you're a fan of Laura Linney or Cynthia Nixon

Don't see it if Plays set in the past or plays that are mostly dialogue with little action are not of interest

84
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Enjoy great acting in a well-crafted play.

Don't see it if Looking for fluff.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy an excellent revival of a classic play. The acting is universally excellent and I was captured throughout.

Don't see it if You don't like revivals and prefer lighter fare. You aren't interested in dysfunctional families.

Also I saw Laura Linney as Regina and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie. What a delig... Read more Read less


April 19th, 2017
"A nimble, exhilarating revival...In Regina, Hellman created one of the stage’s great antiheroines and a glide bomb of a role. Now, in Daniel Sullivan’s production, two actresses get to detonate it...You should see it twice. When top-drawer actors bestride the stage in a tremendous role and some ...
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April 19th, 2017
"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 wor...
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April 19th, 2017
“The play isn’t subtle; it’s just delicious…My cast suggested that the switch would not materially alter the effect of the production, which is solid but not transcendent...It’s largely in the calibration of the men’s roles that the production falters…Under Sullivan’s somewhat grandstanding direc...
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April 19th, 2017
"Daniel Sullivan's impeccable production for Manhattan Theatre Club never overstates that modern-day relevance; he simply lets the play's rock-solid construction and lucid themes speak for themselves via a first-rate cast and exemplary design team...This is a superbly cast production with incisiv...
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