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  Vanity Fair at Lansburgh Theatre

Vanity Fair

Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW Washington

In this colorful adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's satire of 19th-century British society, the wiley and scheming antiheroines Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley are recast as complex, vibrant characters who the New York Times called "a gift to actors." Becky and Amelia scramble up social ladders and hurdle over whims of fate in this farcial comedy about trying to get what you want out of life, no matter the cost. Acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) brings her signature quick wit and distinctly unfussy retelling of classic work to one of literature’s most celebrated novels in this production at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Thru - Mar 31, 2019

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm


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  Vanity Fair Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Washington Post - Recommended

"...The main characters gradually emerge in high relief, especially the romantic figures of Rawdon - Becky's eventual husband, played by the handsome, strapping, slightly brooding Adam Magill - and Dobbin, the noble soldier who longs for Amelia even though she wed another. (Anthony Michael Lopez is the very portrait of steadfastness in the part.) Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan cuts a rakish figure as George, Amelia's short-lived husband, and Vincent Randazzo is an amusing dull blob as Jos, an attractive mark for Becky because he has money."
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Nelson Pressley


BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...While some of the more satirical points may not linger after you leave the theatre, Hamill's adaptation and Stone's direction have combined to create an admirable romp that audiences will thoroughly enjoy. It is a welcome addition to the canon of women-centered and women-driven theatre."
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Sarah Murphy


Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...Brockman, delicious as Becky backbites and courts scandal, and Martinez, lovely and earnest, are the only two cast members who play a single role throughout. The rest of the company, four men and one woman, appear in a succession of roles, often with some pantomime-style cross-dressing. Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, a small woman, amuses as George Osborne, the vain young man who doesn't deserve Amelia's love but gets it anyway, and Dan Hiatt, in top hat and white tie as the company's manager, adds a silly gray wig and a long robe to play snooty old Miss Matilda Crawley."
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Susan Berlin


DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...The comedy is unusually farcical, and the characters can often be found shouting at each other. But all the performances are enjoyable, and the entire ensemble-Actor Two: (Rawdon, etc.): Adam Magill; Actor Three: (Dobbin, etc.) Anthony Michael Lopez; Actor Four: (George, etc.) Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan; and Actor Five (Jos., etc): Vincent Randazzo-interpret their multiple roles with alacrity and style."
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Sophia Howes


MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...This is a show where every part of the production - the script, the direction, the artistic and technical design, and the acting - needed to work in clockwork unison to succeed. Any one failure would have impaired the whole. But all succeed, making this "Vanity Fair" a pleasure to watch for its theatrical artistry as much as for its smart retelling of this story."
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Peter Orvetti


DCTheatreScene - Somewhat Recommended

"...The performances are generally amusing but sometimes strained and laugh-desperate. Rebekah Brockman's Becky Sharp, the social climber who ascends from governess to gentlewoman before starting her way down again, is seductive and vivacious. Maribel Martinez is earnest and sympathetic as Becky's too-pure-hearted friend Amelia Sedley, whose fortunes fall and rise in an arc opposite to Becky's."
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Alexander C. Kafka


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