Little Women

Adapted by Sands Hall from the novel by Louisa May Alcott

The Foothill Theatre Company premiered the play in 1999, directed by Sands Hall. Other productions include the Portage Performing Arts Center in Minnesota (05), the Woodland Opera House (01) and Barstow College (03) and the Ukiah Players Theatre (06) in California, and Wellesley Summer Theatre in Massachusetts (02). By popular demand, The Foothill Theatre Company produced it a second time as part of their 08 season, directed by Nancy Carlin.


This Little Women a Big Success
Little Women was virtually required reading for girl’s of this writer’s generation. This particular rebellious youngster infinitely preferred the mystery adventures of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and indeed never managed to finish Louisa May Alcott’s classic.

Perhaps things would have been different had she been taken to see Nora Hussey’s production of Little Women as adapted by Sands Hall. Suddenly, decades after it should have happened, she understood the appeal… This is not to say the story doesn’t retain its sentimentality, But Hall and Hussey have managed to downplay the bathos and empathize the humor and the fully drawn characterizations…..

Two holiday shows opened last week… the one to see for sure is Foothill Theatre Company’s production of Little Women… Sands Hall’s script covers more of the book than most other theatrical and film versions, but even though it crams several decades and a host of characters into two and a half hours of theatre, the production is surprisingly coherent and clear. The show radiates an atmosphere of comfy domesticity, but also offers a savvy appraisal of the daily struggles of family life, including unexpected illness and economic travail. It’s honest and yet also affectionate, a very attractive combination.

Foothill Theatre Company wrapped up the year with another original script, this time by Sands Hall…who did a wonderful job transferring Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to the stage. Not only were these solid shows, a great many of the performances were sold out. Who says that good work goes unrewarded?