Fiona Shaw in a scene from The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín, directed by Deborah Warner.  Photo by Paul Kolnik/courtesy The Testament of Mary production

A controversial Broadway play on the Virgin Mary closes Why?

NEW YORK (RNS) A Tony-nominated play with a controversial take on the Virgin Mary reflecting on her life closed far earlier than planned. Now the question is: Why? After all, biblically themed shows are all the rage on television and in the movies. Was “The Testament of Mary” too controversial – or not controversial enough?

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Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Colm Toibin’s Virgin Mary is far from meek and mild

(RNS) The traditional Christmas image of the Virgin Mary — silent, obedient, observant — has cemented a potent ideal in the Western imagination. Now the masterful Irish writer Colm Toibin puts a jackhammer to the cozy, safe, Christmas-card version in “The Testament of Mary.'' By Karen Long.