Happy birthday to Richard Thomas who received his first Tony nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his terrific turn as Horace Giddens in Manhattan Theatre Club’s flawless revival of The Little Foxes, currently playing an extended run at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York through July 2nd. The production which was nominated in five other categories, won for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Cynthia Nixon and Best Costumes in a Play for Jane Greenwood. Click here for tickets.
Deadline’s Jeremy Gerard writes, “The revelation of the production, however, is Thomas, who has continued to grow as a powerful presence on our stages and has never been better than he is here. Returning from months away at a sanitorium, Horace sees through the manipulations and plans, and vows to thwart them. In one of the theater’s great death scenes, Horace nearly succeeds before a dropped bottle of medication ends the effort. Frankly, no one dies better these days than Thomas (I’m thinking here of another death scene, more harrowing than this, that he played on The Americans.)”
The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney writes, ” Alongside the two lead women, the standout performance comes from Thomas in magnificent form; he gives Horace a suitably tragic dimension but also an unyielding resolve in direct contrast to his frail health. His five months away in a Baltimore hospital with a failing heart have given him clarity, and while his basic goodness dictates that he at least try to forge a truce with Regina, the first sign of her true colors invalidates that attempt.
Horace’s bone-deep disgust is evident first when Regina tries to bully him into entering a potentially lucrative partnership in a new cotton mill with her brothers and a Chicago businessman (David Alford). The relentlessness with which she presses him while he’s visibly exhausted from his return journey is quite chilling, and his refusal to comply sets off some of the drama’s fieriest explosions. And when Ben and Oscar manipulate Leo into using Horace’s funds without his knowledge, Horace seems almost amused to have his low opinion confirmed of the brothers, who are as ready to swindle their sister as anyone else.”
amny.com‘s Matt Windman writes, “The fullest performance actually comes from Thomas as Regina’s sick and wheelchair-bound husband, who switches off between gentility and heated fervor as he attempts to outsmart his wife.”
Theaterlife.com’s Paulanne Simmons writes, “Thomas displays a fine strength of character in high contrast to his weakened body. His resistance might take on the aura of a heroic last stand without the nice touch of sarcasm and evil wit Thomas gives Horace. Certainly, it’s hard to imagine a better executed death scene than his final climb up the curving staircase.”
The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman writes, “But Horace does realize, and—as initially played with a twinkling grace by Thomas, most famous as John-Boy in The Waltons —sets about goosing the villains at their own game. What stands out is the acid and fury of the confrontations in the play between Horace and Regina (some well imagined as happening upstairs and off-stage, with accompanying bangs and crashes). Thomas is so good at playing sick you genuinely fear for him as his face reddens, his wheezing worsens, and his stumbles become ever more perilous.”
Popdust.com’s Thomas Burns Scully writes, “Richard Thomas as Regina’s sickly husband Horace, is able to convey incredible strength of character and will in the face of a looming end. His performance is endlessly moving, nuanced, and occasionally slips over into what we could call ‘powerhouse’.
Thomas’ last performance at MTC was as Peter Stockman in An Enemy of the People in 2012.
His latest New York appearance was in the Signature Theatre production of Incident at Vichy, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
He most recently appeared on Broadway in You Can’t Take it With You and he was last seen on television guest starring this season on “Elementary,” “Chicago PD,” “Billions” and “Conviction” as well as in the first four seasons of the FX series “The Americans.”
Best known for playing John-Boy Walton in “The Waltons” which earned him an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations, Thomas has enjoyed a storied career in television, film and theater.
After making his Broadway debut at the age of seven in Sunrise at Campobello, he went on to star in over 10 Broadway shows including You Can’t Take It with You, An Enemy of the People, Race, Fifth of July, The Front Page, Democracy and more.
Additional NY & U.S. theater credits include: Camp David, Incident at Vichy (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Othello, Timon of Athens, The Seagull, The Stendhal Syndrome (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination & Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination), Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, Peer Gynt, and many more. His more than 50 films for television include: “The Red Badge of Courage,” “Roots: The Next Generations,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story,” and “Common Ground.” TV series include: “The Americans,” “The Good Wife,” “It’s a Miracle,” Just Cause.”. Notable film roles include: Wonder Boys, Wit, Winning and more.
The Little Foxes garnered 3 Drama Desk Awards in the categories of Outstanding Actress in a Play – Laura Linney, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Cynthia Nixon and Outstanding Costume Design for a Play – Jane Greenwood.
Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon received Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Featured Actress respectively. The production also received nominations for Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Director of a Play – Daniel Sullivan, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Richard Thomas and Outstanding Set Design – Scott Pask.
The Little Foxes was also nominated for 3 Drama League Awards in the categories of Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance nominations for both Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon.
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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.