Sunday, December 27, 2009

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #4 - Doubt

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #4 - Doubt (2005, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, NY)

Introduction: Hard as it is to comprehend that we're already 119 months into this "new" millennium, we are fast approaching the end of its first decade. While we have yet to agree on what exactly we should call the '00s, I'll take a cue from the fine folks at The Times of London and the BBC and henceforth refer to them at the Noughties.

With that small introduction, I'm pleased to present my list of plays and musicals that wowed me the most during that time. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of shows I've seen over the last ten years, I give you my countdown of my 25 personal favorite shows of the Noughties.

Was there ever any Doubt that John Patrick Shanley's extraordinary morality play would appear on my favorites list for the last decade?

Brían F. O'Byrne and Tony-winner Cherry Jones sparred sensationally as Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius in this compelling drama that left us debating, “Did he or didn’t he?” long after our departure from the theatre. Heather Goldenhersh and Adriane Lenox, who won a Tony for her ethically-challenged mother, rounded out this excellent cast.

Superbly constructed by Shanley and directed with exacting precision by Doug Hughes, it wasn’t hard to understand why Doubt received the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play along with a Pulitzer Prize.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

In keeping with the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that unfairly discriminate against bloggers, who are now required by law to disclose when they have received anything of value they might write about, please note that I have received nothing of value in exchange for this post. I paid my own way for this performance.

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