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Review: Trotter as Bearing lifts Lake City’s ‘Wit’

One might think watching a play about cancer would be a depressing way to spend an evening. But Lake City Playhouse’s production of “Wit,” by Margaret Edson, defies those expectations in a deft and witty way. “Wit” is essentially a series of monologues, peppered by short scenes, delivered by Vivian Bearing, a professor of 17th century poetry who has two hours to live. She is a scholar of the poet John Donne, whose works and themes are woven throughout the script. Bearing is not given to chuckle, chortle or guffaw, but she has a biting wit that adds much to the story.

Theater faces stark realities with ‘Wit’

After the breezy romps of “Lend Me a Tenor,” “SantaLand Diaries” and “Little Women,” Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City Playhouse is getting considerably more introspective with its newest production, Margaret Edson’s drama “Wit.” Directed by Troy Nickerson, the play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999, is the intimate study of a stern, independent woman coming to terms with her own place in the world during the final moments of her life.