Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary (yes, that Mary) is often portrayed as obedient, peaceful and poised, but what happens when we dig deeper? When an author sets out to create a humanized version of our beloved virgin? The result is Irish author Colm Tóibín’s short novel, The Testament of Mary. In it, Tóibín brings to life an entirely different character altogether. His Mary is elderly, relying on the writers of the gospel to bring her food and provide her shelter. They insist that her son is the son of God, but Mary refuses to believe it. What’s more, she also refuses to endorse their testimony. In 2011, the book was turned into a monologue and debuted at the Dublin Theatre Festival. In 2013, it opened on Broadway to rave reviews and three Tony nominations including the coveted Best Play. Now, the Undermain Theatre (3200 Main St.) offers their adaptation featuring local actress, Shannon Kearns. The show runs from Wednesday through Saturday, April 11. Tickets will cost you $10-30 at
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., March 28, 2 p.m.; Sat., April 11, 2 p.m. Starts: March 25. Continues through April 11, 2015
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Nikki Lott
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