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Doubt: A Parable (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/12
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Now a major motion picture! Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
"The best new play of the season. That rarity of rarities, an issue-driven play that is unpreachy, thought-provoking, and so full of high drama that the audience with which I saw it gasped out loud a half-dozen times at its startling twists and turns. Mr. Shanley deserves the highest possible praise: he doesn't try to talk you into doing anything but thinking-hard-about the gnarly complexity of human behavior."--Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"A breathtaking work of immense proportion. Positively brilliant."--Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly
"#1 show of the year. How splendid it feels to be trusted with such passionate, exquisite ambiguity unlike anything we have seen from this prolific playwright so far. In just ninety fast-moving minutes, Shanley creates four blazingly individual people. Doubt is a lean, potent drama . . . passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing."--Linda Winer, Newsday
John Patrick Shanley is the author of numerous plays, including Danny in the Deep Blue Sea, Dirty Story, Four Dogs and a Bone, Psychopathia, Sexualis, Sailor's Song, Savage in Limbo, and Where's My Money? He has written extensively for TV and film, and his credits include the teleplay for Live from Baghdad and screenplays for Congo; Alive; Five Corners; Joe Versus the Volcano, which he also directed; and Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for best original screenplay.
John Patrick Shanley is from the Bronx. He was thrown out of St. Helene's kindergarten, banned from St. Anthony's hot lunch program and expelled from Cardinal Spellman High School. When asked why he had been treated in this way, he burst into tears and said he had no idea. Then he went into the Marine Corps. He did fine. He is still doing ok.
Shanley's most famous play is stunning in its evasiveness. Any attempt to nail it down to a single meaning is destined to fail because the characters and their conflict are too slippery to admit of simple definitions. This beautiful ambiguity could have burned audiences, but Shanley handles it with such aplomb that the tension between possibilities makes the play sing with life.
Only a few years old, this brief, quick, powerful play is already recognized as a contemporary classic. And no wonder, since its characters say the words many of us wish we could speak. They voice our doubts, ask our questions, tremble with our fears. Not just for theatre fans, Shanley's "Doubt" is a play that audiences and readers treasure and consume time and again.
The nun is Sister Aloysius, a worldly older nun. A disciplinarian. A traditionalist. She's wary of the young parish priest, Father Flynn, who makes up interesting parables that teach and inspire. Sister Aloysius is also uncomfortable with the fact that Father Flynn seems to enjoy playing basketball with the boys just a little too much. She's uncomfortable with the fact that the boys like rather than fear Father Flynn. In short, Sister Aloysius has doubts. She has doubts, serious doubts about Father Flynn. She decides.....No, she is compelled, compelled by doubt, serious doubt...compelled to act. Damn the facts! Damn the consequences! In the pursuit of wrongdoing, a nun has to do what a nun has to do. If the destuction of a man's reputation is the price to assure the safety of a child, then no doubt that's the way it has to be...Right?