Review: ‘The Little Foxes’ at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre – Manhattan Theatre Club

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Meanwhile, Regina wants in on the deal with Mr. Marshall and will employ any means to achieve her goal. Indeed, at least with Ms. Linney as Regina, we see her character devolve from being a smiling southern belle to a sleek, yet still-smiling villainess, perhaps capable of murder. Nixon’s Birdie, on the other hand, is clearly a vulnerable, broken woman who drinks elderberry wine to excess and yearns wistfully for the return of her past and genteel growing up on her father’s plantation.

While the family members, other than Richard Thomas’ Horace and Cynthia Nixon’s Birdie, are somewhat generic, the help, Cal (Charles Turner) and in particular Addie (Caroline Stefanie Clay), stood out for their compassion and humanity.

The play’s brilliant direction by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan lets the script speak for itself and not a moment is wasted on stage.

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Ultimately, despite her wickedness, Regina seems to prevail, much to the horror of her daughter Alexandra (Francesca Carpanini), who unfortunately plays the role as if she were cast in the role of Edwina Monsoon’s daughter, Saffron. “Do what you want; think what you want; go where you want,” Regina tells her, making it clear that she herself will.

THE DETAILS

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 W. 47th Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
www.manhattantheatreclub.com

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