Wit 2012

Opened: January 26, 2012
Closing: March 17, 2012

Wit - 2012 - Broadway History , Info & More

WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor (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.







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Review: Wit
9 / 10

Having missed Kathleen Chalfant in a role that she was apparently born to play—Dr. Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson’s powerful medical drama, Wit—I can’t weigh her performance against Cynthia Nixon’s in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival. But it is easy to imagine that Chalfant’s patrician starch and throaty low register perfectly conveyed a literature professor who can anatomize verse as easily as she verbally flays her students. Nixon has an innate warmth and coltishness that works against her, and she struggles in the first third of Lynne Meadow’s production to project sufficient froideur and hauteur. Still, it’s a testament to this remarkable play and Nixon’s skill that we ultimately believe her as the cancer-stricken teacher. Believing, we also weep at her fate.

Wit, Friedman Theatre, New York
6 / 10

Nixon has given numerous first-rate performances in contemporary fare – at this same theatre, she etched a fine portrait of motherly grief in Rabbit Hole. For Wit, her voice is not ideally tuned: neither sly enough to land all the jokes nor deep-welled enough to convey the fear of death.

Review - I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2013

'Gossip is the lube by which this town slips it in.'

Review - Wild With Happy
by Ben Peltz - October 26, 2012

Don't tell God, but for some people pop culture not even a century old can provide the same kind of spiritual inspiration and comfort as the ancient texts and traditions of organized religion.  Just ask Adelaide, the central character of Colman Domingo's wonderfully joyous, sweet and funny adventure, Wild With Happy.  No, wait, you can't.  Because she's dead when the play starts.

Review - Playing With Fire
by Ben Peltz - August 23, 2012

The latest addition to the growing genre of stage adaptations of plays by the great masters that scale their sources down to a collection of indecipherable scenes that are just trying their darndest to be erotic is Playing With Fire, The Private Theatre's environmental/multi-media combo that is rumored to have something to do with August Strindberg.

Cynthia Nixon-Led WIT Closes at Manhattan Theatre Club
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that WIT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow will extend at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The limited engagement must close after the evening performance on Saturday, March 17.

MTC's WIT Concludes Broadway Run March 17
by Nicole Rosky - March 13, 2012

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.

WIT To Feature on Theater Talk and CBS2 News Sunday This Weekend
by James T Harding - February 24, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of WIT will be featured this weekend on "Theater Talk", airing late tonight at 1:30 AM on WNET/Channel 13, and "CBS2 News Sunday", airing Sunday at approximately 8:45 AM on WCBS/Channel 2.

WNYC/WQXR and MTC's 'After Words: WIT' Features Cynthia Nixon, Greg Keller and Carra Patterson, 2/16
by BWW News Desk - February 16, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club, in collaboration with the intimate, state-of-the-art venue The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR, continues its popular discussion series with After Words: Wit on Thursday, February 16 at 5 pm.

Cynthia Nixon-Led WIT Extends at Manhattan Theatre Club Thru 3/17
by Jessica Lewis - February 15, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that WIT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow will extend at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The limited engagement must close after the evening performance on Saturday, March 17.

Review - Wit
by Ben Peltz - February 2, 2012

Despite its title, it's easy to forget what a funny play Margaret Edson's Wit is.  But then, this Pulitzer winner is as much about humor - the dry, detached kind - and its power to attack and defend as it is about a woman's slow and painful death from late stage ovarian cancer.

WNYC/WQXR and MTC's 'After Words: WIT' to Feature Cynthia Nixon, Greg Keller and Carra Patterson, 2/16
by Kelsey Denette - February 1, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club, in collaboration with the intimate, state-of-the-art venue The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR, continues its popular discussion series with After Words: Wit on Thursday, February 16 at 5 pm.

BWW TV: WIT Celebrates Opening Night- Cast Interviews!
by Nicole Rosky - January 28, 2012

WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow and starring Cynthia Nixon opened on Broadway last night, January 26 to rave reviews at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and BWW was there to chat with the cast and creative team at the opening night party. Click below to check out the full interviews!

Photo Coverage: WIT Opening on Broadway Party
by Walter McBride - January 27, 2012

WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow and starring Cynthia Nixon opened on Broadway last night, January 26 to rave reviews at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and BWW was there to capture the cast and creative team at the show's opening night party!

Photo Coverage: WIT Opening Night Red Carpet
by Peter James Zielinski - January 27, 2012

WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow and starring Cynthia Nixon opened on Broadway last night, January 26 to rave reviews at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and BWW was there to capture the red carpet!

Review Roundup: Cynthia Nixon Stars in WIT - All the Reviews!
by Kelsey Denette - January 26, 2012

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. What did critics think of the show's Broadway debut? Find out now!

WIT, Starring Cynthia Nixon, Opens on Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of WIT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow will open tonight at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

BWW TV: Cynthia Nixon in WIT on Broadway - Performance Highlights!
by Jessica Lewis - January 26, 2012

WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow is currently in previews and opens tomorrow, January 26 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you performance highlights!

STAGE TUBE: Cynthia Nixon Appears on ABC's LIVE! WITH KELLY
by Caryn Robbins - January 24, 2012

Cynthia Nixon, who is currently appearing as ‘Vivian Bearing' in the Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway premiere of WIT, was a guest on ABC's 'Live with Kelly!' this morning.

UP ON THE MARQUEE: WIT!
by Peter James Zielinski - January 19, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club is presenting Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon in the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. Check out the marquee below!

Photo Flash: First Look at Cynthia Nixon in WIT
by Nicole Rosky - January 10, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club presents Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon in the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. Check out production shots from the show below!

WIT, Led By Cynthia Nixon, Begins Previews
by BWW News Desk - January 5, 2012

Cynthia Nixon returns to MTC to star in the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. The limited engagement of WIT begins previews tonight and opens Thursday, January 26, 2012 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Review - On A Clear Day You Can See Forever: Don't Tamper With Their Musical
by Ben Peltz - December 29, 2011

Hang around the theatre long enough and you grow accustomed to hearing the word 'problematic' applied primarily to two things: a Shakespeare play that's not one of his better efforts or the book of a musical that's rarely revived, despite an excellent score.

BWW TV: WIT's Cynthia Nixon & Lynne Meadow Meet the Press
by Broadway Beat - December 18, 2011

Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming Broadway premiere of WIT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow, will start previews Thursday, January 5 and open Thursday, January 26 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. WIT features 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). The company met the press on Tuesday, Decmber 13 and BroadwayBeat was on hand for interviews with Cynthia Nixona and Lynn Meadow. Click below to check it out!

Photo Coverage: Meet Cynthia Nixon and Company of MTC's WIT
by Walter McBride - December 13, 2011

Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming Broadway premiere of WIT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow, will start previews Thursday, January 5 and open Thursday, January 26 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. WIT features Pun Bandhu (Technician), Olivier Award winner Suzanne Bertish (E.M. Ashford), Michael Countryman (Harvey Kelekian/Mr. Bearing), Jessica Dickey (Technician), Chike Johnson (Technician), Greg Keller (Jason Posner), Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon (Vivian Bearing), Carra Patterson (Susie Monahan), and Zachary Spicer (Technician). Today, the company met the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the photo op!

Wit FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Wit has had 3 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1998, Off-Broadway which opened in 1998 and Broadway which opened in 2012.
"Wit" has been nominated for several Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play for Wit, Best Revival of a Play for Manhattan Theatre Club, Best Revival of a Play for Lynne Meadow, and Best Revival of a Play for Barry Grove.
Wit has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Cynthia Nixon and Distinguished Revival of a Play (Drama League Awards).

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