The Little Foxes at Tides Theatre

Little Foxes PosterOn Wednesday, 1/23, the Works by Women San Francisco Meetup Group hosted our third event – a performance of The Little Foxes produced by Tides Theatre.  A group of 12 of us enjoyed director Jennifer Welch’s 21st century update of this 1939 gem by Lillian Hellman. In addition to the irresistible opportunity to honor Lillian, one of our most out-spoken theatrical foremothers, we chose this production because Tides Theatre is an up and coming theater company in the Bay Area run by women (Jennifer Welch, Producing Artistic Director; Cary Cronholm Rose, Associate Artistic Director; Susan Shay, Director of Marketing & Communications.) This production inaugurates their second season and also marks their move in SF Playhouse’s former 89-seat space at 533 Sutter Street.

If you were part of the Meetup event or saw The Little Foxes on your own, we would love to hear your shout-outs to the women artists involved.  What did you find enjoyable, meaningful or interesting about their work?  Post your comments below and celebrate the artistry of:

Performers: Amber Collins Crane, Sheila Collins, Riley Krull and Sally Dana*

Director: Jennifer Welch

Designers: Alicia Griffiths (sets) and Claire Kendricks (lighting)

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3 responses to “The Little Foxes at Tides Theatre

  1. What a ferocious production of this still timely play! All the acting was outstanding, but I was especially shaking in my shoes when the 3 siblings (the “little foxes” from the title) entered the stage. It was breathtaking to see Sally Dana* as Regina Giddens match the men blow for blow as they engaged in their ruthless business negotiations. Big kudos to set designer Alicia Griffiths, whose attractive and evocative set really helped the audience effectively imagine the play in a more contemporary light and also gave us a beautiful visual metaphor of the foxes’ den. Jennifer Welch’s directing was awesome! The pacing of the story and the precision of the characterizations stood out. But what impressed me the most is that she made a play whose characters are pretty much either victims or villains into an incredibly compelling theatrical experience. A beautiful beginning for Tides Theater’s 2nd season, and an apt inauguration of their new tenancy at the former SF Playhouse space.

  2. I have read several plays by Lillian Hellman, read her biography, and seen some short scenes performed as classroom assignments. But this was my first opportunity to see a full-length Lillian Hellman play performed live. Thank you to Tides Theatre for bringing it to life! In addition to Christine’s comments, I particularly appreciated Amber Collins Crane as the heart-broken Birdie, and Riley Krull portraying Alexandra, the young girl who begins to see her mother’s manipulative behavior for what it is. I would love to see Tides Theatre produce the “prequel”, Lillian Hellman’s “Another Part of the Forest”. Perhaps next season?

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