Although the following is a review from 'Doubt' premiere in Louisiana, Tom Evans is directing the production to be staged in Hilton Head at the South Carolina Repertory Theatre. 'DOUBT" opens in mid-February, 2008. SCRT is an intimate professional theatre located on the road to the airport down from the hospital on the island. Tom Evans has more than 35 years experience as a director and set designer.
There haven't been many American plays in recent memory as good as John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt: A Parable." Not for nothing did it win the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
Set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, the play's protagonist is the severely dogmatic, 60-ish Sister Aloysius, the much-feared school principal, who suspects the popular young priest, Father Brendan Flynn, of inappropriate sexual behavior with a male student, who happens to be the first African-American in the school.
"Doubt" is a compact, complex, brilliantly constructed play, each of its four characters grounded in his or her own truth. And around every corner of his moral mystery, Shanley is waiting to spring a surprise. Humor and laughter provide entertaining entree into the serious subject matter.