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The Little Foxes A More Sympathetic Regina at Shakespeare Theatre

By Bob Rendell
Talkin Broadway

Those horrible Hubbards are spreading misery among themselves and everyone with whom they come in contact in the well-acted, revitalizing revival of Lillian Hellman's classic American play, The Little Foxes, now on stage at the NJ Shakespeare Theatre. Read full review here.

A Family Tale of Money, Deception and Fury

By Anita Gates
The New York Times
June 12, 2009

Bette Davis fans get all tingly when the actress, as the remorseless Regina Giddens, snaps at her invalid husband, Horace, “I hope you die soon.” Her performance, in “The Little Foxes” (RKO, 1941), sets the bar at an impossibly high (or impossibly campy) level for other actresses taking on the role. Read full review here.

‘The Little Foxes:’ one of America’s finest plays

Recorder Newspapers

Late in the concluding act of Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” now on stage at The Shakespeare Theatre in Madison, the oldest of the Hubbard siblings and perhaps the slyest fox in the vineyard, a character named Ben, delivers a speech that resonates powerfully at this moment in time when the world economy has been shaken by the unfettered greed of a handful of financial leaders.
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Review preview: 'The Little Foxes'

By William Westhoven
The Daily Record
June 10, 2009

How many cold hearts does it take to make a hot show? There’s more than enough at the Shakespeare Theatre in New Jersey in Madison, which has wired up “Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” and set it on “sizzle.” Read full review here.

'Little Foxes' offers drama underneath the melodrama

By Peter Filichia/The Star-Ledger
Tuesday June 09, 2009, 4:42 PM

Ever since it opened in 1939, Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" has been heralded as one of the 20th century's greatest melodramas -- but a melodrama nonetheless.

What other term could be used to describe the lurid tale of the Hubbards in turn-of-the-century Alabama? Brothers Oscar and Ben and their sister Regina lie, connive, cheat and -- in a manner of speaking -- kill in order to advance from financially comfortable to filthy rich. Many a production has had the three snarling and growling at each other all night long. All that's been missing is an organ playing an ominous note to underline each shocking revelation and action. Read full review here.

'The Little Foxes' at The Shakespeare Theatre in Madison

By Stuart Duncan

The perceptive play-goer sitting next to me at opening night of "The Little Foxes" at The Shakespeare Theatre in Madison, turned to me at the first intermission (of two since the show was written in the ‘30s and those productions normally have three acts) and said distinctly "another dysfunctional family." Read full review here.

Cunning and clever: 'The Little Foxes' delivers dramatic punch in spades

By Liz Keill
The Independent Press

"The Little Foxes," Lillian Hellman's biting melodrama of a decadent southern family, is now on stage in a stirring production at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Read full review here.

A Curtain Up review: The Little Foxes

By Simon Saltzman

It always amazes me how certain principal characters in classic plays sometimes drift from their positions of dramatic power depending on how the role is being played and by whom. It isn't that Shakespeare's Hamlet or Tennessee Williams' Blanche (in A Streetcar Named Desire) lose their top spot as the primary dramatic catalysts in their respective plays, it's just that the sheer force and interpretation by an actor in a secondary role can shift our attention and empathy from what has been formerly decreed/prescribed as the play's center of gravity. The otherwise very fine production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, under the steady-as-she-goes direction of Matthew Arbour, is a prime example of this phenomenon. Read full review here.

Taming Hellman's shrew

By PETER FILICHIA, The Star Ledger
Thursday May 28, 2009, 4:03 PM

From a fairy to a shrew.

That's been Kathryn Meisle's theatrical journey, starting in the '70s as a little girl, when she appeared as one of many ethereal beings in "The Tempest."

She freely admits that nepotism had something to do with her getting cast. "It was at a theater in Monmouth, Maine, that my father co-founded," she says.

Now Meisle is the center of attention as Regina Hubbard Giddens, the voracious wife and sister in Lillian Hellman's classic, "The Little Foxes." She starts a month long run on Wednesday at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Read full article here.