Doubt, A Parable is a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley. Originally staged off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club on November 23, 2004, the production transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in March 2005 and closed on July 2, 2006, after 525 performances and 25 previews. The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as ...more
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...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
“Aren’t the things that actually happen in life more worthy of interpretation than a made-up story?”
“No. What actually happens in life is beyond interpretation. The truth makes for a bad sermon.”
Riveting and virtually flawless. Perhaps a little short if anything - but its brevity doubtless key to its impact.
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," 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
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 ...more
Plays can be great, since they really do need to skip all sorts of narration, descriptions of scenery, etc. This one is exemplary: only four characters, short property list, only four sound ...more
- The Guardian,2006
Last year when I was watching the movie "spotlight", I was horrified beyond my senses by the atrocities done by those who were involved in the act as well as in the cover up. While the movie portrays true events on how an outside party tried to stop the darkness, this fictional drama portrays an inside party (sister ...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.
It’s a brisk and brilliant masterpiece!
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 ...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. ...more
It is well-written, ...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, ...more