Monday, May 18, 2009

Doubt: A Parable

Doubt: A Parable tells the story of the two conflicting worlds in a small New York Catholic school. Tension between the conservative principle and a new priest who is less conservative spirals into a suspicion-filled war of accusations when a young teacher sees something that makes her believe that the new priest has an inappropriate relationship with a student. “What do you do when you’re not sure?” sums up, as well as begins, this riveting and thought-evoking drama that will leave you choosing sides with the characters and doubting even your own conclusions.

Doubt: A Parable began its life off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre club on November 23, 2004, before moving to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in 2005. It closed July 2, 2006 after 525 performances. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Doubt was originally done in one act. The original cast said the second half stemmed from the audience's reaction to the play. In its years on and off-Broadway, and then touring the country, Doubt: A Parable has won many awards, including 8 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. Its fame became complete when in 2008 Doubt became a feature film directed by the author, John Patrick Shanley, and starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Doubt proceeded to be nominated for numerous Academy, BAFTA, Critic’s Choice and Golden Globe awards. Meryl Streep won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the cast picked up many other smaller awards as well.
Starring talented veteran actors like Ceal Phelan, Pete Pryor, Elizabeth Webster Duke, and Melanye Finister, Doubt: A Parable at Peoples Light and Theatre will draw you in, force you to choose sides by your beliefs and then make you question your own conclusions.

By: Amanda Brandt