Doubt at the Baxter

07 May 2007
Shaken faith: Sandra Prinsloo and Jeremy Crutchley lead a stellar cast in Doubt, now on at the Baxter.

Doubt, the multiple-award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley, has kept South Africans guessing at the Baxter Theatre Centre.

Directed by Janice Honeyman, the line-up for the four-hander is Sandra Prinsloo as Sister Aloysius, Jeremy Crutchley as Father Flynn, Tinarie van Wyk-Loots as Sister James and Ilse Oppelt as Mrs Muller, mother of the minor.

The 2005 Pulitzer Drama Prize-winner has been the most acclaimed play in New York for more than a decade and has won almost every major theatre award on Broadway. That includes four Tonys, three Obies, five Drama Desk Circle awards, five Drama Desk awards, five Outer Critics Circle awards and four Lucille Lortel Awards.

Doubt is described as a sophisticated deliberation on blind faith and moral certainty. Sister Aloysius is the principal of a Roman Catholic Grammar School in the Bronx. With a reputation for tenacity and merciless determination, she goes head-on as she attacks the moral character of a charismatic parish priest, Father Flynn.

Time magazine hailed it the "number one show of the year", while declared it "with absolute certainty, the most celebrated new American play of the season".

Regarded as one of the finest writers of the American stage, Shanley has written over 23 plays and won a Best Screenplay Oscar award for the movie Moonstruck. His other film credits include Alive, January Man and Joe Versus the Volcano.

The play runs at the Baxter Theatre Centre from 23 April to 26 May and then moves to the State Theatre from 30 May to 17 June. Booking is through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or the Baxter Theatre Centre on 021 680 3989. Book online at

For low-price corporate, school or block bookings, fundraisers and charities, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962.

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