Theater: Plunderers in Magnolia Land

THE LITTLE FOXES by Lillian Hellman

Presence sometimes takes precedence over performance. That is the case here. Elizabeth Taylor displays more confidence than craft in her Broadway acting debut at the Martin Beck Theater, not that her acting is less than competent. But the audience is not intent on watching her act; it is absorbed in watching her.

At 49, she is something to watch. In air and bearing, she possesses regal command. Her arrant good looks, particularly those thrush-startled violet eyes, fix all other eyes upon her. On glimpsing her, Poe might have...

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