Doubt Returns to Caldwell Theatre

One of the basic tenets of our legal system is that you are innocent until proven guilty. If there is a single, reasonable doubt in the mind of the judge or jury that the accused committed a crime, then innocence is assumed. But what do you do when that doubt is reversed — when even the slightest suspicion of guilt could yield an ugly truth; when the possibility of wrongdoing gnaws you to your core? Real doubt, it seems, is never as clear-cut as the law.

This is the underpinning of John Patrick Shanely’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt, A Parable. It’s the story of Sister Aloysius, a rather draconian nun whose suspicions of pedophilia concerning the priest presiding over her Catholic School parish in 1960s New York drive her to the brink. Does she believe the charismatic and earnest Father Flynn, or does she follow her gut feeling that he is guilty? And will her motivations destroy the parish in the process? Find out when Doubt, winner of New Times’ Best Play of 2008, returns for an encore run August 1 through 17 at the Caldwell Theatre (7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton). Tickets cost $34. Call 561-241-7432, or visit
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 2. Continues through Aug. 17, 2008

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John Linn