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Kate Hamill has made a name for herself by writing ingeniously wrought stage versions of popular 19th-century novels that treat their source material with mischievous freedom….In taking on “Little Women,” though, she’s drawing to an inside straight: Not only is Louisa May Alcott’s 1869 novel about the four March sisters and their journey to adulthood one of the most beloved of all children’s books, but it’s been adapted countless times for both stage and screen, most famously and successfully by George Cukor in 1933, with yet another version, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, set for big-screen release in December. As clever as Ms. Hamill is, what new wrinkle can she bring to so familiar a tale?
The answer is that in this “Little Women,“ directed with fizzy energy by Sarna Lapine, Jo (played by Kristolyn Lloyd) is more sexually equivocal than the old-fashioned “tomboy” of the novel….
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The trailer for Little Women:
An excerpt from the 1933 screen version of Little Women, directed by George Cukor and starring Katharine Hepburn and Douglass Montgomery: