Lillian Hellman's barn burner roars back to Broadway, laying waste to American capitalist pieties and the myth of white Southern gentility along the way. Daniel J. Sullivan directs Hellman's juicy 1939 family drama — it's only two degrees shy of being a soap — in which a turn-of-the-century Alabama virago tries to snatch a business deal away from her brothers and a bitterly alcoholic sister-in-law. The two leading women's roles are so sublime that they'll be alternately played by Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon; the fellas aren't bad either (Michael McKean and Richard Thomas will be slugging it out), but most of us will be there to watch the queens slay.
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