New in 2017 Three-time Tony nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon star in Lillian Hellman's classic play about greed and ambition.
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.
Stars Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will alternate the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance.
Casting Notes: Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon are both scheduled to appear in every performance, however they will alternate in the roles of “Regina” and “Birdie”. To view a color-coded calendar with casting details for each performance, visit littlefoxesbroadway.com.
Laura Linney is a three-time Academy Award nominee and three-time Tony Award nominee. She made her Broadway debut in 1990, before going on to receive Tony Award nominations for "The Crucible," "Sight Unseen" and "Time Stands Still." She made her screen debut in the 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil," and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for "You Can Count on Me," "Kinsey" and "The Savages."
Cynthia Nixon is best known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series, "Sex and the City," for which she won the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Nixon made her Broadway debut in the 1980 revival of "The Philadelphia Story." She won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for "Rabbit Hole."
What's Manhattan Theatre Club? One of three not-for-profit organizations that produce a season on Broadway each year, MTC also has two smaller stages at City Center, where they produce mostly modern plays (and sometimes musicals) in a fairly conventional style. More here.
2017 Drama Desk Nominations: Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Laura Linney), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Cynthia Nixon), Outstanding Director of a Play, Outstanding Costume Design for a Play, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play, Outstanding Wig and Hair.
2017 Outer Critics Circle Nominations: Outstanding Revival Of A Play, Outstanding Director of a Play, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Actress In A Play (Laura Linney), Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play (Richard Thomas), Outstanding Featured Actress In A Play (Cynthia Nixon).
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...a richly satisfying revival.
In theory, it's a fascinating experiment - especially for theatergoers who have the resources to see both versions of the show. But in practice, one pairing has just a bit more magic in it than the other. Of course, this repertory-style casting demands comparison of the two stars, and Nixon's Regina and Linney's Birdie are in no way disappointing. It's still a treat to watch these masters at play, along with the rest of the vibrant cast. Even the set itself is a sight to behold.