History Theatre / Doubt

1st Jan '16 11:49:48 AM RushLimborg
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* HopeSpot: For Sister James, [[spoiler: Flynn's explanation for why he's been interacting with Donald Muller/Miller]] is this.
1st Jan '16 11:39:52 AM RushLimborg
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When Sister James [[WhatTheHellHero confronts Sister Aloysius about]] [[spoiler: lying to Flynn]] in the final scene, the latter notes then "In the pursuit of wrongdoing...one steps away from God." She then sadly admits that "there is a price."

Added DiffLines:
* TenderTears: Sister James has her heart on her sleeve quite a bit. Helps that in the movie she's played by Creator/AmyAdams.

Added DiffLines:
* WhatTheHellHero: Sister James more than once gets...saddened by Aloysius's actions towards Flynn.
10th Dec '15 5:40:01 AM VoxAquila
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* MortonsFork: Sister Aloysius at the end. If she is correct about Flynn's guilt [[spoiler: all she's done is gotten him KickedUpStairs into a position where he can do even greater harm.]] If she is wrong, [[spoiler:her own petty prejudices led her to persecute a completely innocent man, and deprived a vulnerable student of his only protection.]]
7th Apr '15 4:20:08 PM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Do not spoiler tag trope names on work pages or the names of works on trope pages; please see Handling Spoilers for more information.
* [[spoiler:LyingToThePerp: Aloysius lies that she interviewed one of Flynn's former priest coworkers, which causes Flynn to get hot under the collar as he assumes she knows a dirty secret of his.]]
to:
* [[spoiler:LyingToThePerp: Aloysius LyingToThePerp: [[spoiler:Aloysius lies that she interviewed one of Flynn's former priest coworkers, which causes Flynn to get hot under the collar as he assumes she knows a dirty secret of his.]]
13th Feb '15 8:31:11 AM Marrok
Is there an issue? Send a Message
->'''Sister Aloysis:''' "But I have my certainty!"
to:
->'''Sister Aloysis:''' Aloysius:''' "But I have my certainty!"

* GoodIsNotNice: One of the central issues in the play. Aloysius is unfriendly, unforgiving, cold and cynical. She treats her students like inmates, unlike the liberal and friendly Father Flynn. But, as mean as Aloysis is (and as much as we want her to be wrong), she may be right.
to:
* GoodIsNotNice: One of the central issues in the play. Aloysius is unfriendly, unforgiving, cold and cynical. She treats her students like inmates, unlike the liberal and friendly Father Flynn. But, as mean as Aloysis Aloysius is (and as much as we want her to be wrong), she may be right.

* [[spoiler:LyingToThePerp: Aloysies lies that she interviewed one of Flynn's former priest coworkers, which causes Flynn to get hot under the collar as she knows a dirty secret of his.]]
to:
* [[spoiler:LyingToThePerp: Aloysies Aloysius lies that she interviewed one of Flynn's former priest coworkers, which causes Flynn to get hot under the collar as he assumes she knows a dirty secret of his.]]

** Sister Aloysius protects a senile and blinding nun from getting kicked out.
to:
** Sister Aloysius protects a senile and blinding nun from getting kicked out. (Whether this is actually altruistic is debatable, as the sister in question would be taken care of...but she would likely be replaced by a lay teacher, something Sister Aloysius dislikes.

* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The play and film are centered around the infamous Catholic sex abuse cases.
to:
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The play and film are centered around inspired by the infamous now-infamous Catholic sex abuse cases.

* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The play ** Only the actors who've played Flynn on Broadway and film are centered around in the infamous Catholic sex abuse cases.movie version get this luxury. In community theater/college productions, even the actor playing Flynn has to figure it out for himself.

* WideEyedIdealist: Sister James.
to:
* WideEyedIdealist: Sister James. Father Flynn can come off like this at first, due to his liberal views. Whether he is or not, or it's merely a facade, is open to debate.
1st Jan '15 8:14:36 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: The original Sister Aloysius, Creator/CherryJones, is one of the friendliest human beings on the planet. The same can be said of her successor in the film adaptation, MerylStreep.
to:
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: The original Sister Aloysius, Creator/CherryJones, is one of the friendliest human beings on the planet. The same can be said of her successor in the film adaptation, MerylStreep.Creator/MerylStreep.
17th Dec '14 11:23:49 PM Sheora
Is there an issue? Send a Message
A 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by John Patrick Shanley (famous for writing ''Moonstruck''), ''Doubt: A Parable'' also won the Tony award for best play, CherryJones (Sister Aloysius) won for Best Actress, and Adriane Lenox picked up the Best Supporting Actress trophy. A film version was released in 2008, adapted by its playwright and starring Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman, and Creator/AmyAdams.
to:
A 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by John Patrick Shanley (famous for writing ''Moonstruck''), ''Doubt: A Parable'' also won the Tony award for best play, CherryJones Creator/CherryJones (Sister Aloysius) won for Best Actress, and Adriane Lenox picked up the Best Supporting Actress trophy. A film version was released in 2008, adapted by its playwright and starring Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman, and Creator/AmyAdams.

* MeanCharacterNiceActor: The original Sister Aloysius, CherryJones, is one of the friendliest human beings on the planet. The same can be said of her successor in the film adaptation, MerylStreep.
to:
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: The original Sister Aloysius, CherryJones, Creator/CherryJones, is one of the friendliest human beings on the planet. The same can be said of her successor in the film adaptation, MerylStreep.
11th Sep '14 3:27:01 PM wootzits
Is there an issue? Send a Message
* GoodIsNotNice: One of the central issues in the play. Aloysius is unfriendly, unforgiving, cold and cynical. She treats her students like inmates, unlike the liberal and friendly Father Flynn. But, as mean as Aloysis is (and as much as we want her to be wrong), she may be right. * DoubleStandard: The play is in part about double standards for priests and nuns. Even the ostensibly liberal Father Flynn assumes that the nuns are there to serve him (sometimes literally, as when he [[spoiler: sits down in Sister Aloysis' chair]]). The film pushes this theme even further: at one point, we see the nuns glumly eating a bland, sparse meal, interspersed with shots of Father Flynn and his bishop having a jolly time over wine and steak.
to:
* GoodIsNotNice: One of the central issues in the play. Aloysius is unfriendly, unforgiving, cold and cynical. She treats her students like inmates, unlike the liberal and friendly Father Flynn. But, as mean as Aloysis is (and as much as we want her to be wrong), she may be right. * DoubleStandard: The play is in part about double standards for priests and nuns. Even the ostensibly liberal Father Flynn assumes that the nuns are there to serve him (sometimes literally, as when he [[spoiler: sits down in Sister Aloysis' chair]]). The film pushes this theme even further: at one point, we see the nuns glumly eating a bland, sparse meal, interspersed with shots of Father Flynn and his bishop having a jolly time over wine and steak.steak. * DutchAngle: The movie uses this a lot.

Added DiffLines:
* GoodIsNotNice: One of the central issues in the play. Aloysius is unfriendly, unforgiving, cold and cynical. She treats her students like inmates, unlike the liberal and friendly Father Flynn. But, as mean as Aloysis is (and as much as we want her to be wrong), she may be right. \n* DoubleStandard: The play is in part about double standards for priests and nuns. Even the ostensibly liberal Father Flynn assumes that the nuns are there to serve him (sometimes literally, as when he [[spoiler: sits down in Sister Aloysis' chair]]). The film pushes this theme even further: at one point, we see the nuns glumly eating a bland, sparse meal, interspersed with shots of Father Flynn and his bishop having a jolly time over wine and steak.
10th Sep '14 7:23:43 PM wootzits
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
** Sister Aloysius protects a senile and blinding nun from getting kicked out.
15th Jul '14 12:37:36 AM CaptEquinox
Is there an issue? Send a Message
In 1964, a Roman Catholic school in the Bronx welcomes a new preacher, Father Flynn, into its circle. One woman not embracing Flynn's views is a strict nun, Sister Aloysius. One day, a younger nun, Sister James, tells Aloysius of Flynn's relationship with the school's first black student, Donald Muller. Suspecting that the relationship is far from innocent, Sister Aloysius vows to go against the system itself to expose Father Flynn for what ''she thinks'' he is.
to:
In 1964, a Roman Catholic school in the Bronx welcomes a new preacher, priest, Father Flynn, into its circle.circle. Fr. Flynn wants a "friendly, open" atmosphere in the church and school. One woman not embracing Flynn's views is a strict nun, Sister Aloysius. One day, a younger nun, Sister James, tells Aloysius of Flynn's relationship with the school's first black student, Donald Muller. Suspecting that the relationship is far from innocent, Sister Aloysius vows to go against the system itself to expose Father Flynn for what ''she thinks'' he is.

* EndOfAnAge: Shanley pointedly sets the action in 1964, the year before the Second Vatican Council ended.
to:
* EndOfAnAge: Shanley pointedly sets the action in 1964, the year before the Second Vatican Council ended. The Council made a number of changes in the church that were hoped would make it more progressive, open and welcoming, just as Fr. Flynn hopes.

* KickedUpstairs: [[spoiler:Aloysius gets Flynn to resign, but he is then made the pastor of another church and school, which is more of a promotion.]] * KnightInSourArmor: This is the most favorable interpretation of Aloysius. Although she is mean and unpleasant to nearly everyone, she is dedicated to the welfare of her students and will not stop at anything to ensure their safety. Of course, whether the threat she's acting on is real is still an open question.
to:
* KickedUpstairs: [[spoiler:Aloysius gets Flynn to resign, but he is then made the pastor of another church and school, which is more of a promotion.]] ]] TruthInTelevision, unfortunately. * KnightInSourArmor: This is the most favorable interpretation of Aloysius. Although she is mean and unpleasant to nearly everyone, she is dedicated to the welfare of her students and will not stop at anything to ensure their safety. She breaks the chain of command, which is as important to nuns and priests as it is in the Marines. Of course, whether the threat she's acting on is real is still an open question.

* ShownTheirWork: John Patrick Shanley actually attended and graduated from Catholic schools. It's probably not a coincidence, then, that ''Doubt'' offers up the only remotely realistic portrayal of Catholic schools in fiction.
to:
* ShownTheirWork: John Patrick Shanley actually attended and graduated from Catholic schools. It's probably not a coincidence, then, that ''Doubt'' offers up one of the only remotely realistic portrayal portrayals of Catholic schools in fiction.
This list shows the last 10 events of 33. Show all.