Sunday, October 23, 2016

"The Little Foxes" @ Arena Stage

 First off, going to Arena Stage is always an amazing experience in that you are in one of the premiere regional theaters in the nation with a reputation and an active program to rival any other. The very building that houses 3 separate and unique stages is a wonder all on its own. I always love being there.

 "The Little Foxes" by Lillian Hellman is one of two of her plays that Arena is producing this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth. It's a tale of a high society-wannabe southern family whose sudden opportunity to acquire the wealth they've always longed for becomes the catalyst of one betrayal after another like dominoes falling until the last and greatest betrayer of the clan is herself stabbed in a moment not unlike that of Caesar's before the imperial senate. It's a delightful play. And in the hands of Arena, a most excellent production.

The set, which is the first thing you see, naturally was beautifully designed to represent the foyer, drawing room, dining room and grand staircase of Regina Giddens' (ne Hubbard) home. Contrasted by a faded background of leafless forest bespeaking a mansion with walls made of glass.

The actors were to a person compelling and well anchored by Marg Helgenberger (of "CSI" and "China Beach" fame).  She sunk her teeth into this juicy role and shook it for all it was worth! Honorable mentions to Kim James Bey (Addie) and Isabel Keating (Birdie Hubbard), but seriously the entire cast was wonderful. The role of Benjamin Hubbard was performed by one of DC's most highly acclaimed local actor, Edward Gero (5 Helen Hayes awards). Top to bottom excellent credentials.
Marg Helgenberger as Regina Giddens
The whole family of "foxes," Elder brother Benjamin Hubbard (Edward Gero), younger brother Oscar Hubbard (Gregory Linington), his wife Birdie (Isabel Keating), and their sister, Regina.
Birdie and Regina dreaming about their promised wealth.
Regina and Horace's daughter, Alexandra (Megan Graves) with the house servant, Addie (Kim James Bey).
Horace Giddens (Jack Willis) being welcomed home by Birdie and Regina glares on.

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