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No Wit For Me

May 04, 2005

Margaret Edson's Wit was a pretty unique play - it touches on the issues of cancer and chemotherapy - something that if it doesn't strike close to home now, oh it will, my friend, it will.

Excuse my pessimism (and inability to spell) this morning -- but cancer is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. It seems to me that either cancer is on the rise in the general population, or I've just been noticing it more.

It's been on my mind because my co-worker was just diagnosed with a tumor behind her eye and put on chemotherapy. The doctors don't know if it's cancerous or not since a biopsy is pretty much out of the question at this point. She's been on the chemo for two or three weeks now and won't see the doctor again until I'm already out of the country. So I've been thinking about it...

Anyway, one of the things I liked about this play is the way that the reader is directly inside Vivian's head, even when a conversation is taking place with the doctor, the text is divided into two columns providing a vivid and active mental conversation. Also, I like the circularity of the play in that Vivian's doctor's intern is a former student - life goes around, eh?

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