Theater review: THE LITTLE FOXES

October 5, 2010


My review of Ivo van Hove’s production of The Little Foxes at New York Theater Workshop has just been posted on CultureVulture.net.

“Van Hove dispenses with Hellman’s stage directions and intermissions. Instead, he highlights certain images and emotions to call attention to key elements in the play rather than keeping them smoothly embedded in the text. For instance, there’s a tiny table front and center that serves as a kind of altar, and objects of reverence are ceremonially placed there: for Act I, a bottle of whiskey; Act II, Horace’s pillbox; Act III, a bank safety deposit box. And the physical interactions escalate to extreme violence – men punch women in the stomach and slam them against the walls, the women pummel them and pull their hair, people roll around on the floor alternately cat-fighting and caressing, as if they were in a dance by Pina Bausch. And when the stakes get high, the characters scream at each other like little kids throwing tantrums. It’s not pretty, but it’s primal.”

You can read the entire review online here.

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