Shanley’s script doesn’t specify Flynn’s guilt or innocence, of course. And much of the power of this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece is its ability to keep you wondering – and arguing about it. I was interested to learn that that extends beyond audience reactions too.
John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt is being revived at the Southwark Playhouse in a limited season running to 30 September 2017. Here is what critics have been saying about the production directed by Ché Walker…
Ferociously strict principal Sister Aloysius is convinced that there is inappropriateness occurring between parish priest Father Flynn and the school’s first black pupil, but her views are coloured by her loathing of Flynn’s modernising ways.
Doubt is a painful path to follow, even more so when it comes to religious belief. Shanley’s parable of doubt, first seen in 2005 and in Britain two years later, then carried under-currents in the US to do with George Bush’s second tenure of office. How much more so now would it resonate in the USA with today’s crusaders of certainty?
Five minutes into a combination of John Patrick Shanley’s purposeful script with Chè Walker’s acute eye and we are transported.
In a tight 90 minutes, on an elegantly simple stained-glass floor with us ranged around as if at a boxing-match, doubt and suspicion play out in a duel between the sour, savvy old nun and the priest.
Stella Gonet will star in Doubt, A Parable, the first London revival in ten years of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by John Patrick Shanley. Full cast announced
After a well-received run at Theatre N16 last year, Courtney Larkin’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea has popped up again at the Old Red Lion, an ideal home for its striking intensity.
Danny (Gareth O’Connor) gets in to fights and drinks beer in dingy American bars. He’s quick to anger, but lacks punch in his simmering delivery. The first half of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea continues in much the same vain, devoid of intrigue or drive.
Che Walker will direct the first London revival in ten years of John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award-winning 2004 play Doubt, A Parable, running at Southwark Playhouse from 6 to 30 September 2017
It’s a touching story about the human condition and need to connect with others, no matter how damaged we might be, and the character-driven plot in a well-suited venue make this a good production of a little-known modern American classic.