She is especially affecting as she comes to acknowledge how much she now craves not intellectual complexity, not clever verbiage, but plain compassion: "Now is the time, dare I say it, for kindness."

As resolution and as synthesis, her realization is as transcendent as the finest of final couplets.

WIT | by Margaret Edson | Directed by Joi Smith | Produced by Back Alley Productions | at Players' Ring in Portsmouth NH | through May 27 | 603.436.8123

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