There’s a moment in Vanity Fair where one of the characters, Jos Sedley, takes a bite of a muffin. Becky then asks him a question. And the script gives the following stage direction: “Jos Versus the Muffin.” Cracks me up every time.
A good stage direction is worth its weight in gold.
Interview with Kate Hamill playwright of Vanity Fair
“We recently witnessed, in a very concrete way, how uncomfortable our society is with ambitious women. They are always seen as unnatural and somehow untrustworthy. We need to see a story about a woman who’s ambitious – who tries to take on the world and is punished for it. Is she perfect? No, absolutely not – but the point of this play is that nobody is perfect or above reproach.”