'Wit's end

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March 23, 2000|By J. Wynn Rousuck

This is the last weekend to catch one of the high points of the theatrical season -- Margaret Edson's moving 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Wit," at Washington's Kennedy Center.

Edson, a Washington native, is a kindergarten teacher, and her play is also about a teacher, but of a different stripe. Vivian Bearing, the protagonist in "Wit," is a college professor with an international reputation for her studies of John Donne. She's the type of scholar who revels in the intellectual intricacies of her subject without grasping its emotional content. After being diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer, however, Bearing gains an understanding of life beyond anything she gleaned from books. Judith Light delivers a deeply felt performance in this beautifully crafted, compassionate work.

Show times at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater are 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday; matinees at 2:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20-$65. Call 800-444-1324.

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