WITBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7229.257 (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:257
- 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.
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 …