Doubt - movie tie-in edition Author:John Patrick Shanley Now a major motion picture! Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley from his Pulitzer Prize?winning play. ?The best new play of the season. That rarity of rarities, an issue-driven play that is unpreachy, thought-provoking, and so full of high drama that the aud... more »ience with which I saw it gasped out loud a half-dozen times at its startling twists and turns. Mr. Shanley deserves the highest possible praise: he doesn?t try to talk you into doing anything but thinking-hard-about the gnarly complexity of human behavior.??Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal ?A breathtaking work of immense proportion. Positively brilliant.??Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly ?#1 show of the year. How splendid it feels to be trusted with such passionate, exquisite ambiguity unlike anything we have seen from this prolific playwright so far. In just ninety fast-moving minutes, Shanley creates four blazingly individual people. Doubt is a lean, potent drama . . . passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.??Linda Winer, NewsdayJohn Patrick Shanley is the author of numerous plays, including Danny in the Deep Blue Sea, Dirty Story, Four Dogs and a Bone, Psychopathia, Sexualis, Sailor?s Song, Savage in Limbo, and Where?s My Money? He has written extensively for TV and film, and his credits include the teleplay for Live from Baghdad and screenplays for Congo; Alive; Five Corners; Joe Versus the Volcano, which he also directed; and Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for best original screenplay.« less
Not actually a book, it's a short play so that disappointed me as when I received it as a wishlist book, I thought it would be the novelization of the screenplay, not the short stage play.
So it is a much shorter version of the story told in the acclaimed movie and has only 4 roles though the other characters are mentioned by these main players.
Though set in the 1960's, the story raises questions much in today's news about just when a suspicion of child molestation should be reported and to whom. Are certain personality characteristics or habits instantly suspect? Is it just gossip or something more? Does the status of the reporter or the status of the suspected molester effect the outcome? Or are we all just too paranoid?