DOUBT, A PARABLE
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)