The Little Foxes in Sour Cream

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If you want to see most of the burning issues of today expressed in a play written in 1939, you can go no further than The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, acclaimed as the classic American drama. You have the rights of women, or, rather, lack of rights thereof, the plight of the so-called emancipated former slaves, the struggle of the exploited workers and the avarice of the wealthy capitalist bosses, even the environmental protection, and all of that in the sultry American South of the 1900’s. The title of the play is taken from Shir haShirim (The Song of Songs, widely known as The Song of Solomon), 2:15: “Seize for us foxes, the little foxes, that spoil our vineyard, for our vineyard has just become to blossom.”

Regina, the main character, is born into a wealthy family, yet, when her brothers manage to parlay their inheritance…

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