BWW Reviews: DOUBT during a Carrollwood Players
November 13, 2014 - accent chair
Many village theatres have been shying divided from clever dramas of late. They can’t get adequate of a trite Michael Parker farces, whose titles–The Sensuous Senator, The Amorous Ambassador, The Passionate President (okay, we done adult a final title)–tell us all we need to know (that a uncover will aria for laughs and be as humorous as an uncle with a lampshade on his head). If we wish to see retreads of “Three’s Company” plotlines, afterwards there are always “Three’s Company” reruns for us to watch on TV. It’s time for theatres to take a thrust again into complicated dramas, to not be bashful and frightened and, a many fatal word in theatre, safe. Of march there’s zero wrong with doing a farces; usually even them out with a classical play or two.
The Carrollwood Players know this. They apparently do not bashful divided from drama. And their latest offering, John Patrick Shanley’s absorbing, splendidly written, Pulitzer Prize-winning DOUBT, is brilliantly staged and impeccably acted. This is what separates a heavyweight village theatres like Carrollwood Players with a lesser, some-more bashful companies. They caring to do things right; they don’t take a easy approach out. DOUBT is a uncover where all comes together–acting, set design, sound, instruction and that smashing script. This is as good as village entertainment gets.
DOUBT does what a pretension suggests….it creates us doubt. The story is set in 1964 (although a module wrongly identifies a year as “1962”), a final trusting year. Progress is coming, though Sister Aloysius Beauvier wants nothing of it. As Principal of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and School, she wants all in a right place, perfect, unchanged. She can't mount progress, exemplified by a caring, tender, jovial Father Brendan Flynn. But Sister Aloysius is a stone of invariable certainty, and she thinks that this sold clergyman is a misfortune thing to occur to her school. She doesn’t like him or a approach he does things–such as adding “Frosty a Snowman” to a Christmas pageant. And she suspects, with most certitude, that this good clergyman might have “had his way” with a 12-year-old student. What’s a genuine story, who is right or wrong, and who survives by certainty and falls by doubt?
Director Jim Russell’s homerun-hitting expel hits all a right records in this miraculous production. The behaving is superlative. Jeff Roush, as Father Flynn, is natural, companionable, all we wish in a priest–Jack Lemmon in Mass Appeal meets Pat O’Brien in Angels With Dirty Faces. His sermons are a high indicate of a show, beautifully created by playwright Shanley and beautifully delivered by Roush. His Act 2 opening digression about report is simply masterful. There is a pliability and impassioned likability with Father Flynn, and Roush hits any romantic note, always desirable even when fighting for his life. He’s so good that after one of his sermons, a aged lady in front of me pronounced utterly loudly, “HE SHOULD BE A MINISTER!”
Sister Aloysius is so accurate that she creates certain any chair is in usually a right place. Played by a stellar Amy C. Ragg with a complicated accent, she is an Umbridge beast in a habit. With her, even a small splash of H2O is apocalyptic. It’s a bigger than life performance, offensive nonetheless entertaining, and Ragg owns a purpose and commands a theatre with abandon.
As Sister Aloysius’ soundboard, a modest Sister James, Jen Martin is perky, naïve, understanding, frightened and intimidated. It’s not scarcely as lofty a purpose as Aloysius, though Martin binds her possess with a some-more commandeering performers.
There is a fourth impression in DOUBT who appears median by Act 2 though leaves her symbol utterly strongly: Mrs. Muller, a mom of a 12-year-old child who might or might not have been molested by Father Flynn. Kym Welch is riveting in a role, and she creates a 10-minute cameo into a heading part. This is what behaving is–reacting, responding, and forcing your will onto a other characters. Welch is simply sensational, so real, proof that on a stage, reduction is more. She gives a strongest opening in a uncover with a talent-studded expel in tip form. Not surprisingly, she was rewarded for her bravura work by acclaim as she exited a stage.
Gillian Bertrand and Debbi Lastinger’s costumes–mostly clergyman robes and nun attire–are suitable and not too ostentatious. The delicious set is designed by a same singer personification Sister James, Jen Martin, and it’s a really large enrich to contend that it rivals some of James Cass’ scenic concoctions. It’s a bustling set, generally a core principal’s office, though it’s not so bustling that it distracts a eyes. The garden is generally effective, empty and haunting, with statues of saints and a leafless tree; it could be used in a fear story, that in a possess way, DOUBT is. (What is some-more horrific than not meaningful if your clergyman is a beast or a victim, a pedophilic rapist or an trusting aim of a magician hunt?)
Jim Russell and JC Martin’s sound is mark on; we quite favourite a use of a strain “The End of a World.” The lighting pattern of Brad Planchot and JC Martin is elementary and effective.
DOUBT usually runs one some-more weekend, so get your tickets while we can. It deserves to be seen by all courteous theatergoers who like top-notched behaving and a executive who apparently knows what he is doing. The uncover might not yield many answers to a problems it unearths, though it positively asks all a right questions.
For tickets, greatfully call (813) 265-4000.