Theater: Greedy Lot

The construction of playhouses flourishes, but the craftsmanlike hand that shapes a play is often missing. The admirable revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes at New York's Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center last week mounts character in plot as snugly as a ship's model fits in a bottle. Her saga about the greedy success of the hard-bargaining Hubbard family in the turn-of-the-century South has survived the passage of 28 years with its power to please unsapped.

Oscar Hubbard (E. G. Marshall) is a mean, vindictive half-man who vents his malice by slapping...

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