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Be certain of 'Doubt'.

Written by Shahnaz Ahmed
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The year was 1964.  The place?  St. Nicholas, a Catholic church and school in the Bronx.  The Doubt?  Did Father Flynn molest one of his students, particularly the first African American student at the school?  The answer leaves us in doubt.

Doubt, A Parable for me was a powerful drama with some excellent characters that explores the human condition and spirit.  The play opens with Father Brendan Flynn (Stephen Peirick) on the pulpit giving a sermon about how a human is born to doubt over time if we do not have continued clear proof.  And the next scene takes place in Sister Aloysius Beauvier’s (Jan Meyer) office, where she tries to get Sister James (Emily Bolt) to be more strict with her students.  And she also asks Sister James to be very observant of all her students and not to be innocent of their conduct.  Towards the later part of the play, Mrs. Muller, (Tarrah Wiley) the mother of the boy in question is introduced.  The play primarily deals with Sister Aloysius’ accusations of Father Flynn having molested a student based on Sister James’ observation of the student after he emerged from Father Flynn’s office.  We do not know what transpired and we never know if Father Flynn was guilty of his accusations, but that’s why the title is befitting.  The play will leave you in doubt.

The play was very well acted by all.  Everyones character was played with power and determination and that made for bold drama.  The play was well directed by Sean Ruprecht-Belt.

I must make mention of the set design.  Lee Meyer did a wonderful job creating a set that was very beautiful in its simplicity and elegance.  I especially loved the stained glass window up stage of the tree and bench.  Even the front of the pulpit was note worthy with its gold design decoration.

Lights and sounds worked seamlessly.  I was also impressed with the clarity of the sounds.

If you are into serious, though provoking drama, this may be one you do not want to miss.  Doubt, A Parable plays at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood now through January 29th.

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