The next two Broadway reviews will be a little more contentious than usual. I had the chance to see “The Little Foxes” as part of my subscription to Manhattan Theater Club. This production is first rate with terrific direction and performances.
Laura Linney is one of my favorite stage actresses of all time. She alternates roles with Cynthia Nixon and the night I saw it, my lovely Laura played Birdie, the smaller of the roles but I think more complex and impactful. She was perfect as always. She can do no wrong. Cynthia Nixon was terrific as Regina. The big surprise was Michael McKean who I have largely seen in light or comic roles. In this production he was fabulously evil and calculating and complex. A terrific portrayal.
The contentious part? Pamela considers this a seminal important work in the American canon. I consider it a well written Southern Gothic melodrama, so let’s just say we disagree on the merits of the script. But we agree strongly on the strength of the production.