Theatre In Chicago      
Your Source For What's On Stage In Chicago 

   Quick Search
Search by date:

  Doubt: A Parable at Steppenwolf Theatre

Doubt: A Parable

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

Presented by The Gift Theatre

Thru - Mar 31, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 4:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:30pm

Price: $45 - $55

Stage: 1700 Theatre

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-335-1650

Steppenwolf Theatre Seating Charts

Nearby Restaurants

  Doubt: A Parable Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...While keeping the audience guessing whether or not Flynn is guilty, Shanley also explores the Roman Catholic Church at a crisis point, when the Second Vatican Council of 1962-'65 was urging the ancient institution to rethink its relationship to the modern world. Aloysius, a traditionalist, thinks that the church must project bedrock certainty-even though she chafes at its restrictions on her authority as a woman. Flynn, a liberal, advocates a "welcoming," inclusive church-but he also clings to his privileged, protected position as a male in the ultimate old boys' club."
Read Full Review

Albert Williams

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...There are always things we agree not to see in the theater: the wire holding the fairy in the air, the seam where the wig meets the skull, the dropped prop, the flubbed line. It's part of the work of the theater that this place is not really this place, that person not that person. But what would it mean in the case of this play and this production, to really see it all, starkly? What if Sister Aloysius were to truly read from a book or even supertitles projected on the walls? What if Father Flynn were to let us into his mortal frailty? Father Flynn says, to open the play, "Your bond with your fellow beings was your despair." Could it have been worth the risk to unite us in seeing rather than blindness?"
Read Full Review

Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...The play is a lean 90 minutes without an intermission, and it doesn't waste a single one of them. At the start of the show, Father Flynn gives a sermon. He says that the experience of shared doubt can be as powerful an experience and bond as shared certainty. The incredibly talented cast in this exquisite production certainly proves the point. More than anything, I left this show thinking about the four very human characters this incredible cast brought to life."
Read Full Review

Kevin Curran

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...Under the skillful direction of John Gawlik, this production is tight. The ensemble is superb. Mary Ann Thebus (Sr. Aloysius) is the tough-as-nails principal. She unapologetically criticizes her subordinate (played by Cyd Blakewell). Thebus nitpicks Blakewell from her teaching style to overall personality. An earnest Blakewell physically crumples under the weight of the negative assessment. Thebus delivers the stinging blows with plenty of zinging wit. "
Read Full Review

Katy Walsh

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...All of the characters in this play are motivated by a desire to be there for this young boy caught in a situation he did not create, desiring only to make it through and perhaps be able to get into a better high school. The question being asked throughout is what else might motivate them. Why is Sister Aloysius so convinced of the priest's guilt? Why does Father Flynn spend time alone with a 12-year-old boy? How much of Sister James' reaction is her own intimidation by the head nun? What goes through the mother's mind as she contemplates all of the possibilities for her son?"
Read Full Review

Karen Topham

PicksInSix - Recommended

"...More than uncertainty is woven tightly into each of the characters of John Patrick Shanley’s compelling 2005 Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play “DOUBT: A Parable,” The Gift Theatre’s stirring revival now playing at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre. Control and order drive Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Mary Ann Thebus), the authoritative principal at St. Nicholas Church School, to extremes with an accusation of inappropriate behavior with a student by the progressive and well-respected Father Brendan Flynn (Michael Patrick Thornton)."
Read Full Review

Ed Tracy

TotalTheater - Highly Recommended

"...The subtext of John Patrick Shanley's set-in-1964 written-in-2004 "parable" changes over the years-from suspicions of priestly sexual abuse, to the ecclesiastical subordination of women, to post-Vatican II teaching methods. Never before, however, has the underlying theme of power's intrinsically corruptive influence been more apparent than in this Gift Theater production, relocated from its remote storefront to the lakefront. Despite the visual diversion of medieval-era churchly garb (including a surplice concealing Father Flynn's wheelchair), there's no mistaking its dramatic question revolving on the dubious ethics of Macchiavellian casuistry employed in service of righteous outrage."
Read Full Review

Mary Shen Barnidge

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Full of tension and challenging writing, this writer certainly feels this is a production to experience. Shanley wrote Doubt: A Parable in 2004, yet The Gift Theatre Company's production proves that these questions on doubt and suspicion are every bit as relevant."
Read Full Review

Lauren Katz

Rescripted - Highly Recommended

"...Lies, truths, and doubts about all fling through the space, the sound by Matthew Chapman reminded us constantly that we could be sure of nothing. And at the end of Doubt I found that I was sure of very little. Every viewpoint was presented with certainty by the actors, and the murky conclusion in which it leaves us furthers the philosophical questions. Do we step further away from God the more we pursue judgement, and decide the fate of other men on our own convictions? If we do not, who will protect the innocent? Doubt is a captivating and hauntingly relevant show, executed by a brilliant creative team."
Read Full Review

Regina Victor

  Doubt: A Parable Photo Gallery

Twitter Follow Us On Twitter