Doubt has ratings and reviews. Ahmad said: Doubt: a parable, John Patrick ShanleyDoubt, A Parable is a play by John Patrick Shanley. Ori. THE STORY: In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young. April 7- May 7, Tickets available now! This suspenseful, thought-provoking drama received both the Pulitzer Prize and Broadway’s Tony.

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I don’t read many plays; as a matter of fact, this is only my third one lame I know but after reading DOUBT I definitely intend to knock-off a few on my to-read list in Set in at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, this thought-provoking story involving two nuns, a priest and the mother of a young black boy, reads like an intense investigative mystery maintaining a high level of “questionable” suspicion throughout, and the formidable presence of Sister Aloys.

Nicholas Catholic Church, this thought-provoking story involving two nuns, a priest and the mother of a young black boy, reads like an intense investigative mystery maintaining a high level of “questionable” suspicion throughout, and the formidable presence of Sister Aloysius will keep you intrigued and wondering what she will say or do next.

As for Father Flynn, he gives a couple of great sermons in this fast-moving read, one asking his parishioners to think about how quickly hurtful gossip can spread and not be retracted with an example given of releasing all the feathers from a pillow into the wind, and then asking yourself And last, but not least, there’s the shocking interview with Mrs.

Mueller, the mother of a young boy who attends St. Nicholas school, and you just won’t believe this conversation. If you shy away from reading plays like I generally do, treat this one as the exception. There is so much drama and substance in these 58 powerful pages that address suspicion of sexual abuse, gossip, homosexuality and racism that make it definitely worth the read.

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Preview — Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. It is an inspired study in moral uncertainty with the compellingly certain structure of an old-fashioned detective drama. Even as Doubt holds your conscious attention as an intelligently measured debate play, it sends off stealth charges that go deeper emotionally.

How splendid it feels to be trusted with such passionate, exquisite ambiguity unlike anything we have seen from this prolific playwright so far.

Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all prable, the play is set in but could not be more timely.

Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley – Quotidian Theatre Company

Doubt is a lean, potent drama. After a stunning, sold-out production at Manhattan Theatre Club, the play has transferred to Broadway. He has written extensively for TV and film, and his credits include the parrick for Live from Baghdad and screenplays for CongoAliveFive CornersJoe Versus the Volcano which he also directedand Moonstruckfor which he won an Academy Award for original screenplay.

Paperback58 pages. Pulitzer Prize for Drama To see what your friends thought pzrable this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Doubtplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Sister Aloysius is one of the more compelling characters in the play. John Patrick Shanley invests her with much power, a sharp wit, and doutb admirable sense of conviction, if not justice.


My question to you all is, do you think JPS sympathizes more with Sister Aloysius than the other characters? He does give a hint that she may be the way she is because jogn her experience of her husband who had been in the war. Lists with This Book.

Originally staged off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club on November 23,the production transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in March and closed on July 2,after performances and 25 previews.

Jun 12, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gripping drama all the way! Nicholas Catholic Church, this thought-provoking story involving two nuns, a priest and the mother oatrick a young black boy, reads like an parabls investigative mystery maintaining a high level of “questionable” suspicion throughout, and the formidable presence of Sister Aloys Wow!

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Jan 23, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it. A thought-provoking play about the Catholic Church in the 60’s that is true to its title by refusing to settle for easy answers. View all 3 comments. May 27, Brian Yahn rated it really liked it. If Doubt taught me anything, it’s never mess with a nun. In what sounds like a total snooze-fest, John Patrick Shanley pits a vetted nun against a questionably liberal priest, and in just a few pages, he creates the exact opposite: He twists a giant knot of tension by intertwining four highly conflicting desires, none of which are clearly malicious or just.

Doubt makes you doubt every character’s motives, question the integrity of their actions, If Doubt taught me anything, it’s never mess with a nun. Doubt makes you doubt every character’s motives, question the integrity of their actions, and best of all it forces you to reflect on your own judgement of right and wrong.

To top it off, the dialog is crisp and comes with plenty of zingers. I’m not sure what else I can expect out of 45 pages Feb 26, George K. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — reading a play doesn’t give you the nuance you get when you participate in or watch a performance.

Jan 09, Tung rated it really liked it Shelves: The Pulitzer-prize winning drama for Father Flynn is or is not guilty of child abuse; Sister James is or is not a participant in the discovery of the truth; Sister Aloysius is or is not jumping to conclusions based on personal biases — hence, the title of the play.

While set inthe play resonates well in the post The Pulitzer-prize winning drama for And just when you think the play is only a criticism of pedophilia in the church, it also manages to touch upon race relations in the s, homosexuality, and the tension between social change and traditional structure. Overall, the play is devilishly good: Jan 31, William rated it it was amazing. It tends to be confusing and have no clear conclusion. Father Flynn’s is the first voice to confront us, giving us a short sermon on doubt.

We immediately like him because his voice is familiar and modern, even though the play’s action takes place in He reassures us that to doubt makes us part of a larger community, struggling to make sense of all around us. Doubt obscures the truth we strain to see, but it bids us on further, changing who we are in the process. The community hearing these words beyond the church likes their easy comfort.

There is no reason to take tough stands and make hard choices.

Salvation is free and easy, just as God is. We then encounter Sister James, a bright, enthusiastic teacher with the Sisters of Charity in the Bronx. She is speaking to the school principal, Sister Aloysius. We like Sister James also, because parick her sunny enthusiasm and zeal for her students. She is eager and loving and quick to forgive and forget, just as God is. Zeal describes Sister Aloysius also – but zeal of a different sort. We don’t necessarily like her.


In a few words of dialogue, she comes off as judgmental, unnecessarily rigid, callously traditional and authoritarian. She warns Sister James not to let students use ballpoint pens as it destroys their penmanship. She chides her for “performing” rather than teaching. And she criticizes her as overly innocent, not only to her students but parqble the dangers around them.

Doubt: A Parable

There is something in us that does not like Sister Aloysius, but this feeling diminishes the longer she talks. She is vigilant, just as God is, because the world is not on our side. We recognize her as the stereotypical Catholic school nun who rules over her charges with an angry kind of devotion and puts the smell ddoubt brimstone in their nostrils. But the longer she talks, the more we perceive why she is this way. She tells Sister James to think less about herself and observe what is around her.

This is sound Christian advice – after all, the sisters are there to serve. In doing so, we can perceive what follows in two different ways. Time passes, and Sister James returns to indirectly report what Sister Aloysius suspected – Father Flynn may have had inappropriate contact with Donald Muller, the school’s only black child.

Did Sister James perceive something because Sister Aloysius inspired her to, or did she actually see something she wants to discount because of how she feels about the sister? The backdrop of “Doubt” – the Catholic sex abuse scandals of the last decade – gives us reason to draw conclusions from the action. But Joyn characters cannot be so easily pegged, nor is this play simply yet another indictment of the Catholic Church. Flynn may indeed be innocent, but there is something in his quickly offended manner that feels guilty.

Sister Aloysius may be a martinet with a vendetta against a priest she sees as overly accommodating, but we are willing to go along with the behavior if she is right about Father Flynn’s guilt.

We want to think the best of Sister James as she struggles between the two poles of opposition, but we see her partially in the same light as Sister Aloysius, and in the same way we see ourselves. Sometimes doing the right thing is not as important to us as appearing to do the right thing.

The stakes in this – the life of a child – can easily be ignored so long as our lives continue and our self-images remain. It is this climate that allowed many guilty priests to survive in parishes for so long, with so many lives destroyed. But Shanley doesn’t construct an easy dragon for vanquishing, on either side of this contest.

Just consider, for a moment, how “Doubt” could have ended. If Father Flynn, for example, had been proven to be guilty, then Sister Aloysius’ determination would have been justified in our eyes.