Best play


American Stage’s inspired production of Margaret Edson’s play reminded us poignantly that there’s no human virtue more important than kindness. As Dr. Vivian Bearing, an expert on John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, faced a punishing series of treatments for her ovarian cancer, she learned and we learned with her what matters most when everything is at stake. Todd Olson’s direction gave equal attention to heart and mind, and Kim Crow’s performance as Bearing was simply, heart-rendingly perfect.

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