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Wall Street Journal: Becky Sharp Takes The Stage

Brad Herberlee, Joey Parsons, Tom O’Keefe and Kate Hamill PHOTO: RUSS ROWLAND

“Ms. Hamill’s “Vanity Fair,” which is being performed to coruscatingly brilliant effect by the Pearl Theatre Company, is something else again, a masterpiece of creative compression that is at once arrestingly original and faithful to its source material, and I’ll be flummoxed if it isn’t at least as big a hit as “Sense and Sensibility.”

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Photo: Brad Heberlee, Joey Parsons, Tom O’Keefe and Kate Hamill; Credit RUSS ROWLAND

New York Times: A Hectic 'Vanity Fair,' Starring That Nasty Woman

Ms. Parsons with Mr. Sanyal; Ms. Parsons plays the self-denying Amelia, who mostly exists to be virtuous. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

“…like “Sense and Sensibility”…a gift to actors and a goody bag for its audience.”

“But let’s be clear. Becky Sharp is not a feminist heroine. She won’t be joining any marches or knitting any hats. The status of women doesn’t interest her. Money does. And position. And the men who can provide them. A girl’s girl, she is not; a sociopath, she probably is.”

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Photo: Ms. Parsons with Mr. Sanyal; Ms. Parsons plays the self-denying Amelia, who mostly exists to be virtuous; Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Drama Download: A Doll's House Revisted

Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House Part 2 is beginning its Broadway run. Here is the synopsis circulating right now:

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?

It’s the million dollar question: what happens to Nora? 

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