The Pearl Theatre Company presents a new stage adaptation of William Thackeray’s classic 19th-century novel, which exposes a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than skill. More…
Becky Sharp, poor, plain, and devilishly clever, is determined to defy the odds through risky romantic entanglements, shady business practices, and social climbing at any cost. She won’t stop until the world lies at her feet. Adapted by and starring Kate Hamill, who wrote and performed in the award-winning 'Sense & Sensibility.'
See it if you like innovative staging, altho sometimes it's disruptive. The story is well-told w/rare lags. The moral: we often want the wrong thing.
Don't see it if you like realistic action on stage. Or you get bored after 2 hours (this is 2 1/2). I enjoyed this VF much more than the 2004 movie.
See it if you like reinterpretation of classics. Funny and fun, quirky and very creative. Hamill has managed to include comedy, pathos and heart.
Don't see it if You want classic theater. Some acting is uneven but others more than make up for it. Can get confusing at points but clarifies soon after.
See it if You enjoy period pieces with a TWIST! Very fun night at the theater. Super creative adaptation, Kate Hamill's writing/performance is amazing
Don't see it if You are purist and aren't receptive to new interpretations. It could use a 20min trim but Hamill has injected the story w/ lots of pizzazz!
See it if You want to see a show that's really well written, acted and directed, but is rather unusual. Very clever without being gimmicky.
Don't see it if You're not willing to use your imagination. They do a good job keeping it clear who's who & what's what but they do do a lot with a little.
See it if Wonderful mix of a farce and a serious drama. A circus of human desires for us to contemplate. When it gets too serious, mayhem erupts.
Don't see it if You won't enjoy a satire of 19th century British society, with a cheeky narrator breaking the fourth wall.
See it if Hamill's perceptive adaptation of Thackeray's over stuffed novel is both trenchant & stimulating Tucker's staging works more often than not
Don't see it if At nearly 3 hrs could easily lose a half hour w/o harm enhancing relevancy to modern times Burlesque staging sometimes gets in drama's way
See it if You are a fan of Thackeray and of Eric Tucker's direction, enjoy novelizations of classic novels on stage & seeing portrayal of women
Don't see it if you expect something like Tucker's Sense and Sensibility or Midsummer Night's Dream, not fond of 18th century literature or small casts
See it if brings out wicked satire of VF & its modern sensibility; fine cast/ multiple roles; director stages play as campy 3-ring-circus-it's a hoot!
Don't see it if broad overacting/slapstick becomes monotonous over time; at 2 hrs 45 mins overstuffed/merits serious editing
See it if You want to see a modern and creative staging of Vanity Fair. Lots of energy.
Don't see it if I didn't find it as amusing as others have. Many of the actors played multiple roles which I found quite distracting rather than fun.
See it if irony, satire and plain old humor float your boat. This clever production of a character driven classic held my attention for 2.5 hours!
Don't see it if you expect a simple translation of novel to play. A lot of theatrical elements have been added to enrich the staging of the familiar plot.
See it if You are a fan of Thackeray and want to see how this most ambitious work of fiction can be developed into a terrific play !
Don't see it if You can't deal with a full length play. You don't enjoy Victorian era themes and style.
See it if you enjoyed Bedlam's "Sense and Sensibility." This production is directed by Eric Tucker, and he brings his unique sensibility to the play.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of Bedlam's inventive staging and small casts playing a variety of roles.
See it if you enjoy inventive settings and presentation of dialogue. Same person did Sense and Sensibility at the Judson
Don't see it if you like conventional sets and old fashioned presentation of play.
See it if You'd enjoy the high energy moments in act one, such as the auction scene where actors go down the aisles..
Don't see it if ...You get bored since show runs 3 hours and quickly runs out of steam. Needs major cuts.
See it if You liked Kate Hamill's take on Pride & Prejudice;like a frenetic pace to a classic;great energy;engaging cast plays multiple characters
Don't see it if You expect the original story told in a conventional way; dislike interchangeable male/female roles;cannot keep up with the storyline
See it if if you enjoy outside-the-box story based on a literary classic, bits of contemporary dance and music in the mix; a bit of chaos; good acting
Don't see it if you enjoy a straight forward show with an easy to follow plot and characters; fancy sets and costumes; one person per role; short plays.
See it if A fan of Hamill/Tucker/Bedlam and like artsy productions of old novels. You DIDN"T see Sense&S, but wish you had & thought it sounded fun.
Don't see it if Impatient with clever just to be clever, get antsy w long shows, don't like dizzying staging/caricatures. If you DID see S&S, it pales.
See it if A 900 page English novel spun before you in a whirlwind of set pieces, characters, and chapters interests you. And you loved the book.
Don't see it if You don't like it when actors double, triple, and quadruple roles. And you want sets that offer more than a suggestion of where you are.
See it if you want to see a camp interpretation of a period piece. Actors give their all in this fun adaptation of a classic.
Don't see it if you don't like elements of overacting, camp, and melodrama. you don't want to sit through a 3 hour play which drags on at times.
See it if you loved Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility and you like adaptions with broad humor and anachronistic touches.
Don't see it if you like your adaptions faithful to the period, don't care for lots of running and rolling about or actors playing multiple roles.
See it if You enjoy a fun take on a classic. AND can have fun with a great cast that appears to be enjoying themselves
Don't see it if If you are expecting the absolute brilliance of their adaptation oF SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. This story just isn't as fun so it isn't as good.
See it if you're a fan of Kate Hamill's Sense & S. She also plays Becky Sharp and nails her. I loved Zachary Fine's farting Miss Matilda Crawley
Don't see it if you're an English lit purist. The cast is so talented.
See it if you want to be entertained by top notch performances, great writing, and clever staging. The Pearl has done it again. Do not miss this.
Don't see it if you are an idiot! Seriously, this is as funny and clever as it can be. It ain't the dry as dust Vanity Fair you read in high school. Go, GO!
See it if You liked Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility. Distinctive characterizations. brilliant staging. Updated Thackeray. Constant motion.
Don't see it if You dont want to keep up. You dont like equivocal characters. You want a traditional setting and production.