Welcome sign in sign up. Affirmation, enjoyed by that which passes beyond the claim of mere entertainment, will inevitably be a statement of principle, a rebuttal to counter-claims. The de luxe conventional gives the greatest possible pleasure to the public and the critics—you can almost reach out and touch the joy our people feel when these two things, in any aspect of our national life, come together. All we ask is to be left alone, with a certain amount of style. And yet how wearying is the air in which The Little Foxes drifts, the sky rich with stars, the earth voluptuous with stuffs, the setting heavy and dark, pampered like some plum-plushy whorehouse in which the girls are no longer young but ripe and experienced in giving customer-satisfaction. It was too much from the beginning.
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Return to Book Page. The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman. Picture a charming home in the South. Into this peaceful scene put the prosperous, despotic Hubbard family - Ben, possessive and scheming; Oscar, cruel and arrogant; Ben's dupe, Leo, weak and unprincipled; Regina wickedly clever - each trying to outwit the other.
In this melodrama, only Regina wins. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Josef Weinberger Plays first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Little Foxes , please sign up.
Jody play by Lillian Hellman, considered a classic of 20th century drama. Its title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the Song of Solomon in the King …more play by Lillian Hellman, 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.
Can anyone tell me if, for one who dislikes Eugene O'Neill, this play is worth reading? Carl I'd suggest getting the Bette Davis movie through Netflix. Plays are meant to be performed, and I believe Hellman wrote the screenplay. Movie is about …more I'd suggest getting the Bette Davis movie through Netflix. Movie is about minutes, and Bette Davis is always a pleasure. See all 3 questions about The Little Foxes….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Little Foxes. Nov 28, Vanessa rated it liked it. Open for people like you and me. Ready for us, waiting for us. After all this is just the beginning. There are hundreds of Hubbards sitting in rooms like this throughout the country. The Hubbard siblings want to invest in a cotton mill.
From a slow and overly talky act one, the next two acts spin out a tale of avarice and betrayal. Tallulah Bankhead played Regina on stage, Bette Davis in the film version. In , Hellman wrote a prequel to this story, Another Part of the Forest.
I had no idea what I was getting into with this. The only thing I knew about it was that Cynthia Nixon won the Tony for best actress in a play for the revival. After reading the play, I found out Cynthia and Laura Linney actually alternated roles between Regina and Birdy, which I think would be fascinating to see. The story here is excellently crafted and doesn't use too many words to say its piece. I do have to disagree with the blurb though; if anyone comes out of this play the "winner", i I had no idea what I was getting into with this.
I do have to disagree with the blurb though; if anyone comes out of this play the "winner", it's Alexandra. Feb 14, Sketchbook rated it did not like it. It became a stage hit solely because of Tallulah Bankhead -- her first juicy role after returning fr London. Her wicked Regina was beautiful and deadly. She didnt get the film role because Bankhead was fiercely anti-Commie whereas Lilly was Commie , and Tallulah protested the Russian invasion of Finland, which was aok w Hellman who wouldnt know morality if it slapped her ass with a strap Hellman said to pal Goldwyn, no no Tallulah in film.
Bette did her best, but the film is a g Claptrap. Bette did her best, but the film is a great stinker. Without Tallu, so is the play. View 1 comment. Jan 28, Ariya rated it it was ok. The Little Foxes is a play by Lillian Hellman about the Giddens family living in the South, who is concerned with keeping their wealth. The play focuses on Regina Hubbard Giddens, in her desire for a share of the family inheritance.
The play deals with the themes of social class, domestic violence, race, and gender. By the end of the show, Regina, ends up with the family money because she threatened to blackmail her brothers, so she ends up being alone. I'm really disappointed with this pla The Little Foxes is a play by Lillian Hellman about the Giddens family living in the South, who is concerned with keeping their wealth.
I'm really disappointed with this play overall. I didn't hate it, but I wanted to love this play, and I didn't. Here is why First off, I found the first two acts incredibly boring.
The entire play is set in the Giddens family living room, which seems like it would add continuity to the play as a whole, but after a while it just got monotonous because it felt like I was just reading a REALLY long scene. And secondly, even though it's a bit of an older text, I wasn't bored by the language because it was challenging. It wasn't. And that's another reason that I found this play boring.
Everything about the language felt too straightforward to me, and I would have preferred to read more complex language and a less rigid story line. Now that I've gotten what I disliked about the play out of the way, let me explain a few moments of the play that I did enjoy reading. I liked that each act began with a conversation between Addie and Cal.
This gives the reader two characters to bring them into the scene, then slowly introduces them to the rest of the characters in the play.
I also liked that this play dealt with such progressive issues, especially for having been written in The family has two black servants, Birdie is being physically abused, and Regina is a strong female character. This play deals with subjects that we still discuss today in , so it has obviously stood the test of time. If this play had a more interesting plot line, I would have enjoyed it more.
Based on the way that I felt while reading it, it seems like a play that may have you shifting in your seat and nodding off when watching it live. Aug 13, Lauren rated it really liked it. My initial college advisor before I dropped English for the oh-so-much-more practical politics passed away this spring. She had an enormous influence on my writing, and her voice is forever in the back of my head, reminding me I can do better.
She was also a big fan of Lillian Hellman. When I saw The Little Foxes sitting on a bookshelf a few weeks after I heard of her passing, I wa My initial college advisor before I dropped English for the oh-so-much-more practical politics passed away this spring. The story of a Southern family, The Little Foxes features plenty of interesting women in these pages.
And the world could always use a few more strong women, whether real or fictional. Nov 30, Carolyn F. I was trying to read only classics at the time. Jun 04, Lu rated it really liked it. I really liked it!
Review: Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” is Both Daring & Beautiful
Regina Hubbard Giddens is a Southern woman who resents the fact that she was not able to inherit her father's wealth given the social norms of the era. Her two brothers, Benjamin and Oscar , have profited off their father's wealth, while she must rely on her husband, Horace , a county clerk at a bank who does not have the same business ambitions that she does. Regina's brother Oscar is married to Birdie , a wealthy alcoholic woman from whom he will inherit a large plantation. She sets to work trying to get her hands on Horace's money, even though he is deathly ill with heart disease. Oscar hatches a plan to have his son Leo marry Regina's daughter Alexandra in order to get ahold of Horace's money, but neither Horace nor Alexandra take to this plan. Regina asks Horace for the money, but he refuses. As a result, Leo, who works as a bank teller, steals Horace's railroad bonds from his safe deposit box.
The Little Foxes Summary
Join StageAgent today and unlock amazing theatre resources and opportunities. Research Playwrights, Librettists, Composers and Lyricists. Browse Theatre Writers. The Hubbards are bound together by blood, but ripped apart by disparate desires. And so begins a vicious circle of lying, scheming, cruelty, and finally, murder. In the end, blood and money mix, with money coming out on top, leaving a broken family behind. Guide written by Jenn Chandler.