Ivo van Hove Renovates The Little Foxes, Lucy Thurber's Bottom of the World Drifts Downward

New York Theatre Workshop and the Atlantic Theater open their seasons

Impressive in its ambitions, Thurber's script has many strong passages in what's becoming her signature style: tenderness edged with razor blades. Regrettably, it also has long passages that tread familiar, almost cliché'd, ground while its focus drifts aimlessly among its multiple plots. It needs, and probably deserves, another draft. Caitriona McLaughlin's production struggles to give it shape; as with Little Foxes, the solution often involves pointless screaming.

The family plot: Elizabeth Marvel and Marton Csokas in The Little Foxes
Jan Versweyweld
The family plot: Elizabeth Marvel and Marton Csokas in The Little Foxes

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The Little Foxes
By Lillian Hellman
New York Theatre Workshop
79 East 4th Street
212-780-9037, nytw.org

Bottom of the World
By Lucy Thurber
Atlantic Stage
2330 West 16th Street
212-691-5919, atlantictheater.org

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