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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 19:28

MTC's Acclaimed Production of WIT Ends Extended Engagement on Saturday evening, Mar 17

Manhattan Theatre Club




"An inescapably moving, immaculately staged 100-minute journey.
Cynthia Nixon cuts to the bone in a performance
that is large, lucid, and delicate at the same time.”

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s acclaimed production of WIT the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow will end its extended engagement at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) following the Saturday, March 17 evening performance. When it closes, WIT will have played 60 regular performances and 24 preview performances.

{module ad_left_body}WIT opened on Thursday, January 26 to glorious reviews from critics and standing ovations every performance. Below is a sampling of what critics have said about the production:

“AN IMMACULATELY STAGED 100-MINUTE JOURNEY. Cynthia Nixon is illuminating. Her performance is large, lucid and delicate at the same time. Directed with a persuasive combination of showmanship and sensitivity by Lynne Meadow, this production magnifies the innate theatricality of Margaret Edson’s inescapably moving play without compromising the firm emotional truth at its center.”

- Ben Brantley, The New York Times (CRITIC’S PICK)

“A GREAT THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. Nixon’s performance is a triumph: brilliant, funny, and shattering. Edson’s Wit, which against all expectations, is very funny under Meadow’s pitch perfect direction. The production features a fine supporting cast, especially Suzanne Bertish, Carra Patterson, Michael Countryman and Greg Keller.”

- Robert Feldberg, The Record

“GRADE A. Fearless doesn't even begin to describe Nixon’s performance. She never fails to captivate. Her blue eyes flicker wildly with intelligence and rage. She is, in short, a force in Meadow’s elegant revival which is both heartbreaking and heartening to watch. Edson’s playis about so much more than one woman's disease. It's about knowledge, ignorance, humanity, love, life and death.”

- Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly

“FOUR STARS: TAUT AND ENGAGING. Nixon gives a commanding performance in Meadow’s skillfully guided production. 

- Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

“POWERFULLY LIFE-AFFIRMING. Wit is a work of such unflinching honesty and intelligence, there’s no denying it’s a masterpiece. Nixon turns Vivian’s journey into stunning theatre.”

- Roma Torre, NY1

“FunnY, compassionate AND ultimately devastating. Edson’s Wit is a work of delicately calibrated opposites. In Meadow’s unerringly focused staging for Manhattan Theatre Club, and above all in Nixon’s shattering performance, that balancing act is rendered with piercing accuracy in an uncommonly stirring piece of theatre. Meadow’s tight direction is attuned as much to what’s unsaid as to what’s being spoken. Her fluid scene-to-scene and past-to-present transitions are aided immeasurably by Santo Loquasto’s set and Peter Kaczorowski's lighting.”

- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A DRAMA THAT TOUCHES THE SOUL. Nixon gives a ferocious portrayal, while Meadow lets the final quiet moments and incandescent images play out with the grace and sensitivity that have accompanied each of the previous 100 minutes.”

- Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg

WIT stars Pun Bandhu (Technician), Olivier Award winner Suzanne Bertish (E.M. Ashford), Michael Countryman (Harvey Kelekian/Mr. Bearing), Jessica Dickey (Technician), Chiké Johnson (Technician), Greg Keller (Jason Posner), Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon (Vivian Bearing), Carra Patterson (Susie Monahan) and Zachary Spicer (Technician).

Exquisitely written, affecting, and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor (Cynthia Nixon) 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.

WIT had its New York premiere in 1998 receiving universal acclaim and ran Off-Broadway for over 500 performances. It was the most honored play of the season garnering the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named Best Play by the New York Drama Critic Circle, the Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League and the Lucille Lortel Awards.

The creative team for WIT includes: Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Jill BC Du Boff (sound design) and J. David Brimmer (specialty staging consultant).

Tickets for WIT are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $67 – $121.

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Please note, WIT is dark on Mondays:

·         THROUGH SATURDAY, MARCH 17: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. There will only be seven performances during this final week.

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