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Doubt: A Parable

a Drama
by John Patrick Shanley

COMPANY : The New Depot Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Center Street Arts [WEBSITE]
ID# 4021

SHOWING : June 09, 2011 - June 19, 2011



Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this brilliant and powerful drama, is set in the fictional St. Nicholas Church School during the fall of 1964. Sister Aloysius, the Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she learns from Sister James, a new and impressionable nun, that the young Father Flynn met one-on-one with Donald Muller, St. Nicholasí first African-American. When openly confronted about the Nunís suspicions, Flynn denies any wrong doing, but Aloysius, unsatisfied with his story, meets with Donald's mother, Mrs. Muller. Before the play ends, you will be forced to choose sides, but make sure to leave all your doubts at the door.

Preview Wednesday June 8 at 8:00 pm

Thursday June 9-Saturday June 11 at 8:00 pm
Sunday June 12 at 3:00 pm
Thursday June 16-Saturday June 18 at 8:00 pm
Sunday June 19 at 3:00 pm

Director Weldon Durham
Sister Aloysius Bobbie Elzey
Father Flynn Alan Phelps
Sister James Miranda Tamaska
Mrs. Muller Carolyn Watson
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I have some doubts
by Theatregirl
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I had such high hopes for this show. I love the play, and I love how the author doesn't give his opinion on the guilt or not of the father. It is left up to the audience to form their own opinion. I don't believe that was true in this version. The actors told us how to feel, and what to feel. I didn't get to watch the play and form my own opinion.

The set was simple, which was nice, but in a way to much, there was a chalkboard that was never used, and it took up a good amount of space.

Another thing that I found odd, was the fact that all the actors were on stage until they left the stage for the last time. Mrs. Muller, who wasn't even in the first act came out and sat next the audience for the entire first act.

The directing was interesting. There was a good amount of upstaging. Each character had "their" space, that was designated in the beginning. But, then those spaces become blurry and doors were created where doors had never been. Just a little strange.

The play had been open for a week, and some of the actors were still struggling with their lines. I am not talking stumbles, those happen, but can't remember their lines. I had expected more, especially since it was in their second week, and they had had a show the previous night.

A nun takes a vow, and gives up such luxuries as make-up. Sister James had a large amount of make up on, and I don't think she understood her place as a nun, who was talking with her Superior. She stomped her foot and yelled at Sister Aloysius, that would never happen. Not back in 1964 and certainly not to Sister Aloysius. Also Mrs. Muller, would not have spoken to Sister Aloysius that way. She lives in fear. Fear of so many things, but, the one thing she is sure of, is that her son can't go back to public school. She would not raise her voice to Sister Aloysius. Of course this is only my opinion.

I was just so disappointed in the show. If you can't do an accent, don't do it. But also be very aware of your own personal dialect, and if your character is not supposed to be Southern, then you have to curb your southern accent.



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