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Samuel J Friedman Theatre

Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, Wit follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on March 17, 2012.

Theater

Samuel J Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

Story

What Is the Story of Wit?
Wit centers on Vivian Bearing, a brilliant and seemingly unemotional poetry professor as she undergoes an experimental and extremely aggressive chemotherapy treatment for metastatic Stage IV ovarian cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to mastering the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research. As Vivian undergoes treatment at the hands of impersonal doctors (including one of her former students), she discovers that human compassion may be more important than intellectual wit. More than a play about cancer, Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama presents a teacher becoming a student of life as she contemplates her possible death.

Show Dates

Preview

Jan 05 2012

Opening

Jan 26 2012

Closing

Mar 17 2012

Critics' Reviews

"Nixon commands her spotlight with a nimble, sensitive portrayal, but there’s also key support from Greg Keller as a brash young oncologist, Carra Patterson as a sympathetic caregiver and the formidable Suzanne Bertish as Bearing’s stern literary mentor. Donne chastised death for being proud, but this company earns its bragging rights."

Review by David Cote from Time Out New York

"Cynthia Nixon’s unsparing performance makes Margaret Edson’s celebrated play a powerfully moving experience."

Review by David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter

Show Dates

Preview

Jan 05 2012

Opening

Jan 26 2012

Closing

Mar 17 2012