A bonnet-fiction battle is brewing: Whose side are you on — Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte? Monica Hesse notes that the Janeites had taken the lead in popular culture, but that’s probably the fault of Hollywood: Colin Firth perfected Austen’s Mr. Darcy, but Bronte’s Mr. Rochester hasn’t fared so well on the screen. “Orson Welles was very Byronic, but not so attractive,” says Bronte biographer Rebecca Fraser. “People generally think that Timothy Dalton did not work.” And let’s just pretend the William Hurt version never happened. Will the new big-screen treatment of “Jane Eyre” change that?
Nicholas and Sheila Pye became art-scene sensations with works that are all about their own relationship. And now that they’re divorced — well, they should have some rich material. Kriston Capps reviews their current D.C. shows. We wonder why these fabulous creatures don’t have an A&E reality show already.