Theatre Theatre

WIT

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7229.257 (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:257
  1. Madeleine Harmsworth, freelance arts critic

    By Margaret Edson

    Now showing Union Square Theatre, New York, USA. Coming to London this year

    She is unlovely, unloved, and unloving, a middle aged professor of 17th century poetry (her specialty the fiendishly difficult Holy Sonnets of the metaphysical poet John Donne) at a US university. Vivian Bearing, the heroine of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer prize-winning play, is also dying of advanced (stage IV) metastatic ovarian cancer.


    Embedded Image

    How easy is it to retain dignity in a teaching hospital setting?

    (Credit: JOAN MARCUS)

    When we first see her she is dressed in a hospital gown, trails an intravenous drip, and, beneath a bright red baseball cap (the only spot of colour throughout), is completely …

    View Full Text

    Sign in

    Log in through your institution

    Subscribe