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Culpeper Times • March 14-20, 2019

Fear not to tarry in 'Vanity Fair' Do you, good Pilgrim, strive for the Celestial City? Have you fought your way out of the City of Destruction only to slip headfirst into the Slough of Despond? Take heart! “Vanity Fair” lies just ahead. But what’s this? As John Bunyan’s pious little 17th century allegory had it, Vanity Fair was that place, devoutly to be avoided, full of earthly pleasures and temptations and – you know – sin! Which is why Wm. Thackery titled his 1848 novel just that; it was all about worldly pitfalls, the wheel of fortune that lifted his heroines up to the top of society, status, and wealth only to send them crashing back down into the gutters. What could be more fun?

CURTAIN CALLS

Maggie Lawrence

Answer: this adaptation by Kate Hamill directed by Jessica Stone now on the Landsburgh stage. Mr. Thackery couldn’t know that his shockingly benign treatment of Regency era naughtiness would someday translate into a Victorian gaiety theatre night of hilarity. I suspect, though, that he would approve. The marvel of this two hours’ invention is that, while it adheres to the comic principles of early burlesque/music hall entertainment, it still manages to follow the lives of Thackery’s famous anti-heroine, Becky Sharp, and her too-good-to-be-true school chum, Amelia Sedley. A shape-shifting cast of seven welcomes us to the Strand Musick Hall where strenuously physical comedy enlivens the stage. We are treated to Monty Pythonesque absurdity, a few bawdy songs, and a bold rebuke for ➤ See Curtain Calls, Page 23

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Rebekah Brockman stars as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair.

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'Changing Hands' | School board approves budget | Premier Auto hosting ribbon cutting | Family affair when it comes to cutting hair

Culpeper Times | March 14-20  

'Changing Hands' | School board approves budget | Premier Auto hosting ribbon cutting | Family affair when it comes to cutting hair