April 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Congratulations are in order for this intricate, often humorous, sticks-to-your-bones drama about a Donne scholar dying of cancer. Recently awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the play is the first work by kindergarten teacher Margaret Edson, which means David Hare must be kicking himself. Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America) gives a shockingly honest performance, ruminating on salvation and poetry. Wit: a most deserving play, and a most indelible experience. A

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