DOUBT, A PARA­BLE

The Jewish Chronicle - - ARTS&BOOKS -

Tri­cy­cle Theatre, Lon­don NW6

IS THE Pulitzer Prize all it is cracked up to be? When it comes to new plays, it seems the es­teemed Pulitzer com­mit­tee is a sucker for sen­ti­men­tal­ity, as re­cent win­ner Doubt, by John Pa­trick Shan­ley, shows.

The sub­ject here is child abuse within the Catholic Church. Set in a Bronx con­vent school in 1964, Prin­ci­pal Sis­ter Aloy­sius (Dearbhla Molloy) is de­ter­mined to root out the charm­ing Fa­ther Flynn (Padraic De­laney) whom she sus­pects is abus­ing the school’s first and only black child.

Ni­co­las Kent’s pro­duc­tion makes for a sat­is­fy­ing good-ver­sus-evil evening, em­bod­ied by Molloy’s re­doubtable Sis­ter and De­laney’s ma­nip­u­la­tive Priest. But it can’t shake off lazy char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and the sense that the Pulitzer com­mit­tee is eas­ily pleased. ( Tel: 020 7328 1000)

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