Tony Nomination Spotlight – Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes

Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Six 2017 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Laura Linney), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Richard Thomas), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Cynthia Nixon), Best Direction of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play.

Wealth vs. Family Loyalty:

Three-time Tony nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon star in Lillian Hellman’s classic play about greed and ambition, The Little Foxes.

From the Producers:

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.

A Family Feud Creates Drama:

Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes is considered a classic of 20th century drama. Its title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the Song of Solomon in the King James version of the Bible, which reads, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”  The fictional Hubbards in the play are reputedly drawn from Hellman’s relatives. The discord between family members serve as the inspiration for the play. The original Broadway production of The Little Foxes opened in 1939, at the National Theatre, now known as the Nederlander Theatre. It ran for 410 performances before an extensive tour of the United States. Hellman wrote the screenplay for a 1941 film version, starring Bette Davis. Subsequent Broadway mountings of the play were produced in 1967 with Anne Bancroft, 1981 with Elizabeth Taylor, and 1997 with Stockard Channing. In the current revival, Tony nominees Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon alternate the roles of Regina Giddens and Birdie.

Meet the Ruthless Clan:

Reviews:

Hollywood Reporter: “Scintillating…[Hellman’s] portrait of gender inequality also has contemporary teeth.”

New York Daily News: “[A] crisp and taut revival…Under Sullivan’s sure-handed direction, the show satisfies no matter who’s playing Regina.”

Variety: “Brilliant, blistering…Director Sullivan has done brilliant work with this revival…His casting is flawless”

New York Times: “[A] nimble, exhilarating revival…When top-drawer actors bestride the stage in a tremendous role and some truly killer gowns, it’s time to clear the calendar. ”

A Conversation with Laura & Cynthia:

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