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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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An absolutely stunning piece of drama that leaves the audience member and the reader debating what it means to live with doubt. The main question of the play, whether or not the allegations against Father Flynn are true, is never answered and mirrors the parablic stories that Father Flynn tells throughout the play.

Altogether, one of the most tense, beautiful dramas written in recent memory and well worth the money to get the script.
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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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By RRB (Ron) on August 10, 2009
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If the movie was excellent, the script is outstanding. The author sees life as one should struggle to. The dedication of the play to nuns is very sincere, touching and true. Read it for a life-enhancing experience!
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