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Vanity Fair, Shakespeare Theatre Company

In many ways, Vanity Fair has a similar shine to staging some of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays: all the stature of a classic but one that the audience might not actually be quite familiar with. It's a boon to playwright Kate Hamill, who is able to transform William Makepeace Thackeray's lengthy novel into a piece for seven actors, streamlining story beats to reach the heart of her two primary figures: Becky Sharpe (Rebekah Brockman) and Amelia Sedley (Maribel Martinez).  When classical theatre so often lacks for substantial roles for women, Hamill's play puts them front and center (and with the fluid amount of doubling and tripling of parts, it also allows for actor Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan to join them while playing primarily male roles).

Kate Hamill's work was most notably seen onstage in DC during the fall of 2016 in a run of her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility at the Folger Theatre, where the play's dynamic theatrical energy made for a smashing success.…

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