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Actors’ Playhouse’s Doubt is not about guilt or innocence. It’s about doubt. The nature of doubt. The fallout of doubt. Living with doubt. Deciding whether to act when you have doubt. In these extreme days when some people believe truth is fungible or fear that it is can never be divined, John Patrick Shanley’s 2004 play is excruciatingly resonant.
Watching Outside Mullingar at Palm Beach Dramaworks, audiences might catch themselves straining for the hero and heroine to burst through their wounded psyches and join souls. John Patrick Shanley’s unapologetically romantic comedy will easily seduce those with an open heart
Ground Up & Rising, another scrappy cutting edge theater that performs intermittently and in different venues around Miami, is beginning another season of four minimalist productions including Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Danny Hoch’s Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop and the recent off-Broadway hit Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre production under J. Barry Lewis’ direction merits being seen for three finely-crafted performances by Maureen Anderman, Jim Ballard and Julie Kleiner, plus an outstanding portrait by Karen Stephens. But thematically, it’s thrown out of whack because the deck seems stacked toward one truth and then irreversibly stacked the other way. Few people will leave this production indecisive about the priest’s guilt or innocence.
Audiences members should leave the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of Doubt: A Parable arguing whether Father Flynn did or didn’t abuse a child, and some will be unable to make up their minds — which is the theme of the play and the reason for the title. Doubt is the point.