When the Truth Isn't Enough

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Which way should you go when you're not sure? Do you follow your heart, or your head? This is one of many points to argue in John Patrick Shanley's prize-winning drama, Doubt, A Parable. Set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, Doubt revolves around Sister Aloysius, a hard-line nun who believes in discipline and a formal distance between pupils and teachers. She assumes the role of unwanted mentor to young Sister James, an enthusiastic and empathetic teacher. And then there's Father Flynn, the likeable priest who loves the boys at his school with an openness that disturbs Sister Aloysius — and soon arouses her suspicions that some boys are loved more than others. Shanley's script pokes into the hierarchy of the church, the role of women in society, the plague of absentee fathers, and the basic human need to be loved, dismantling these issues with ruthless efficiency. There are no answers — there is only doubt about the right way to proceed. New theater company Dramatic License Productions teams with Vanity Theatre to present Doubt, A Parable at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (July 30 through August 15) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 636-220-7012 or www.brownpapertickets.com). Admission is $15 to $20.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: July 30. Continues through Aug. 15, 2009

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