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Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
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Feb 07, 2009

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Drama--Set in 1964 in the Bronx at a Catholic school/parish in an Italian- and Irish-American neighborhood, Doubt revolves around whether a well-liked and less-conservative priest has been abusing an altar boy in the school, who happens to be the first and only black student. There are four characters: the priest, the boy's mother, a young nun who is the boy's teacher, and an older nun who is the principal of the school. The nun/principal has no doubt of the priest's guilt, even though he denies it completely. The young nun is uncertain. Since it's drama we know the story and the characters through the dialogue (and some sermons), which is sharp and well-written. The play's a very interesting examination of doubt and certainty, of innocence and experience, and of hope and resignation.
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