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Theatre Theatre


BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (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.

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    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 …

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