“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.”
“…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.”
How fascinating it is that George R. R. Martin agreed to let his book series be adapted into a television show KNOWING that at some point the TV show would outpace the published books. There will be two “official” versions of the story.