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NEW YORK (RNS) How far can one go in retelling a Bible story, adding things that are not in the original? Colm Toiben's ``The Testament of Mary,'' which opens on Broadway, goes a long way in recrafting the story of the Virgin Mary.


  1. Charles Austin

    Thus far, most reviews I have read seem to miss the creativity and even the controversy involved in re-imagining Mary this way.

  2. Christopher Buczek

    In one of her letters Flannery O’Connor states baldly that Christ was either God or a madman. Toibin’s play assumes the latter. You can’t have a “re-imagined,” “accessible” Virgin burning with righteous wrath against God and man without a delusional, suicidal, non-divine son. If that’s your cup of tea, have at it. But don’t think you can uncouple this pair–what you believe about Christ dictates how you see his mother and, as this play proves, visa versa.