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Doubt, A Parable - Acting Edition Paperback – June 19, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822222191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822222194
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
A lot had already been written by other reviewers about the script, so I will not repeat what has already been said. I cannot agree more with the rave reviews. Just would like to assert and to reaffirm that fact that the script is well structured, with no redundancy in word, in the theatricality, or in the direction. I have personally not been able to see either the play on stage or the movie on screen, but I must say the drama as written in word succeeded abundantly in producing suspense while maintaining its poise (without ever divulging more than is necessary). Just a wild guess that something bad did happened in the play, but not exactly as what was suspected. In other words, I think the author did convey a truth, and you could guess it if you are careful enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt (Theatre Communications Group, 2005)

Made into a film a few years ago that many raved about. I haven't seen it yet, because I was waiting until I read the play. Well, now I've read the play, and I don't know why I'm surprised about this, but what I was expecting given the trailers for the film and what I got are two entirely different things. It should go without saying, naturally, but that was quite a pleasant surprise. I've had some bad run-ins with Pulitzer-winning stuff recently; this was not at all one of those times.

Doubt focuses on a single incident in a Bronx Catholic school in the mid-sixties. Sister Aloysius, a dried-up, bitter old prune, suspects that Father Flynn, a new priest at the school, has sexually abused Donald Muller, the school's first black student. In order to get some sort of evidence that this may be true, she enlists the help of Sister James, Donald's teacher, an idealist whom Aloysius hopes to use to her own twisted ends.

There's one thing I'm not entirely sure of here, and it's been giving me fits ever since I finished the play. It seems to me obvious that Aloysius is spinning this tale out of whole cloth in order to manipulate things to her liking (getting rid of the minority element, banishing one teacher she doesn't like and making another knuckle under to her own vision of the way things should be). But I'm not sure whether that should be quite as obvious as it is, or whether in fact I'm wrong about this entirely and the situation is supposed to be more ambiguous. That said, it's the only qualm I have about the play, which is written just as well as you'd expect something that garnered that many awards to be written (along with the Pulitzer, it pulled down a number of critical awards and four Tonys).
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By Shirly Sanchez on April 11, 2014
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It was pretty good, i liked the play. I had to read it for a monologue performance for my acting class, & i cried (i feel pretty proud)
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By Elizabeth J. Renner on January 30, 2014
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THE SCRIPT HAD WRITING AND UNDERLINING; THESE WERE NOT MENTIONED IN THE PRE-PURCHASE INFORMATION. i would not have purchased this had I known.
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By Max Clements on October 3, 2013
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Well written and totally believable. It depicts what is happening what is currently happening in real life and something the audience can relate to.
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