American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has been staging the highly-acclaimed new production of Vanity Fair through May 12.
Playwright Kate Hamill’s rollicking new stage adaptation of William Thackeray’s classic 19th-century novel that speaks to 21st-century concerns. Ambitious Becky Sharp may not have been “to the manor born,” but she’s bent on achieving such comfort at any cost. Armed with fierce wit and calculating charm, Becky forges her own path through London’s high society, dealing herself into a game she was never invited to play. Displaying the celebrated audacity and verve that she brought to her adaptation of Sense & Sensibility, Hamill seeks to conjure an inventive and lively period drama combining a fierce contemporary edge with the theatricality of Victorian Burlesque. Vanity Fair is a coproduction with Shakespeare. The New York Times critics describes this as “a gift to actors and a goody bag for its audience.”