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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 Mar. 17, 2012.

About the Show

Previews: Jan 5, 2012 • Opening: Jan 26, 2012 • Closing: Mar 17, 2012

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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.

Broadway Plays Stars on Stage Drama

"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."

Time Out New York

David Cote

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

The Hollywood Reporter

David Rooney

Venue

Samuel J Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Hearing Assistance
Assisted Listening Devices are available free of charge at the podium in the corridor just outside the entrance to the Orchestra.
Wheelchair Access
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Elevators and Escalators
An elevator, located at the right of the box office lobby, provides easy access to all levels of the theater.
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