Two days ago I sat in the eighth row of the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco and watched Cherry Jones in John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning play - Doubt. Her portrayal of Sister Aloysius is stunning. Images of my years of Catholic training came flooding back to me.
What a wonderful play Doubt is. The ambiguity of the characters is very thought provoking. It humanizes everyone, even those that we tend to dehumanize lately, namely priests who for some strange reason are attracted to children.
Like in Albee's The Goat, the play leaves you feeling a little disoriented because it challenges your feelings about those we like to demonize in order to assuage our own fears.
If you get a chance, go see this play.
The upshot: A taut 90-minute thriller on the shadowy nature of truth.
Where: Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St. at Market Street, San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays; through Dec. 3
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Tickets: $40-$80: (415) 551-2000 or www.shnsf.com