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 2016.
Set in 1964 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...more
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: a page-turning drama that's more than surface deep. 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, ...more
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. The words are good (and there are some fantastic monologues), but tone and vocal inflection are EVERYTHING.
Doubt makes you question what you think is true. I recognized myself in some of the passages of this book. In the introduction, the author asks if there has ever been a time when you've argued a point to the point when you question yourself. Do you become blinded by your own convictions?
The play revolved around two nuns, a priest and a youn ...more
"Doubt," which was later expanded into an excellent movie, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama in no small part because it adheres to these words.
Father Flynn's is the first voice to confront us, giving ...more
عنوان: شک : یک تمثیل (نمایشنامه)؛ اثر: جان پاتریک شنلی؛ برگردان: محمد منعم؛ زیر نظر: محمد منعم؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نیلا، 1389؛ در 96 ص، شابک: 9786005140880؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان آمریکایی، قرن 20 م
عنوان: شک : یک تمثیل (نمایشنامه)؛ اثر: جان پاتریک شنلی؛ برگردان: آزاده شاهمیری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، قطره، 1392؛ در 114 ص، شابک: 9786001196256؛ موضوع: تئاتر و نمایشنامه های نویسندگان آمریکایی، قرن 20 م
داستان نمایشنامه شک درباره راهبهای است که به کشیشی مظنون ...more
"I think of what you do all day
I wonder if what you say is true
You always get what you want
I can't trust you"
--True Lies, by The New Division
My oh my. This is drama in the truest sense. Tight and intense and honest. It rolls along with the momentum of conflict growing all the time (stakes being raised) and plenty of gasp-inducing moments for the audience. My four star rating doesn't indicate that I think there's anything wrong with the play-- it's flawless. Ma ...more
Whether he did it or not is not really the focus of this play. Rather, the theme is the way in which doubt plays upon the human mind, for good or for ill.
That doesn't mean you can't discuss whether or not you feel Father Flynn did it. But the larger grappling with existential doubt is what makes this play more mature and unsettling than the average Afterschool Special.
As a drama, the book is 99% dialogue interspersed with stage directions. It features only four characters. And yet, the author is able to craft a tightly written mystery filled with interest and drama. It reads very much like an absorbin ...more
It is well-written, ...more
I also really enjoyed the forward to this edition, especially the last paragraph. I thought it w ...more
This is the crux of Doubt, a tau ...more
Doubt is a deceptively simple story: a nun at a Catholic school believes that a priest is having inappropriate contact with a student. The nun has no evidence to back up her accusations against the priest, but her instincts are telling her that something is wrong. The play is set in 1960s New York and confronts the issues of race, ...more
Doubt is a story of a nun who suspects her priest of abusing one of the altar boys. Simply put. but carefully reading it, it's more about purity, power, and conviction. The words flow like poetry, every line is quotable. Really well-wr ...more
Main characters were: two nuns, Sister James and Sister Aloysius, Father Flynn, and Donald Muller.
Basic summary: Sister Aloysius, a very traditional and strict nun, is convinced that Father Flynn is homosexual and is having inappropriate relationships with the school's first African American student, Donald Muller. By the end, we learn that Father Flynn was having inappropriate relationships, or maybe that he knew he was doing something that was definitely against the no ...more
"There is an uneasy time when belief has begun to slip but hypocrisy has yet to take hold, when the consciousness is disturbed but not yet altered. It is the most dangerous, important, and ongoing experience of life. The beginning of change is the moment of Doubt. It is that crucial moment when I renew my humanity or become a lie."
This is a short play, approximately 60 pages long, and with only four characters: A young priest in his thirties (Fat ...more
All four characters are complex and well developed. The setting mirrors the swirling tensions inside the charact ...more
For his script for the 1987 film, Moonstruck, Shanley won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
In 1990, Shan ...more