WINNER BEST PLAY- SALT AWARDS
WINNER BEST ACTRESS - SALT AWARDS
who originated the role of Sister Aloysius in the play's European
premiere, embodies her so directly and convincingly that you only
gradually notice the subtleties of this excellent performance, the
chinks in the nun's armor. Everybody,
in fact, stands up to Sister Aloysius before the story's done, finding her
intolerant, rigid, just plain wrong. Yet ironically, her behavior is
itself spurred by skepticism - she doubts the friendly and charming
demeanor of Father Flynn. Forget yourself and study others, she advises
Sister James./....the arresting scene between Sister Aloysius and Mrs.
A firm disciplinarian, Sister indisputably knows right from wrong: Art and music lessons are a waste of time; and secular songs have no place in Christmas pageants. Frosty the Snowman reeks of a pagan belief in magic. But she's not simply another Sister Mary Ignatius, Chris Durang's comically monstrous incarnation of his own Catholic education; Sister Aloysius has a keen sense of unequivocal morality, especially where the safety of her young students is concerned. And she's willing to risk damnation to protect them. Stern, purposeful, single-minded, she is all about black and white.
Barrie-Wilson, who played Sister Aloysius in the play's European premiere, captures both the unflappable severity and the dry wit of the character. She relates to her students through intimidation rather than tenderness, but is willing to fight unflinchingly for their well-being. Sister Aloysius' tidy office is clearly defined even without walls, filled to capacity by the expansive presences of the actors.
Syracuse Post- Standard
play "Doubt," the season-opener at Hangar Theatre, held a
preview audience spellbound on Wednesday with the taut drama of a
struggle between a Roman Catholic nun and a pastor she believes to be a
child molester. Like the Broadway production--Hangar's production
makes it perfectly uncertain whether charismatic Father Flynn (Drew
Battles) is a pedophile. But Sister Aloysius (Wendy Barrie-Wilson) is
certain that he is. ...unlike the Broadway production, Cullens and his
cast fully open up the play's potential for humor. The humor can't be
captured in short quotes, but the audience's laughter at Hangar brings out
the human warmth and depth of Shanley's intense play.
is powerful in the role of Sister Aloysius -- a canny, dedicated
and even likeable school principal with a sly wit and a mistrust of the
male church hierarchy.
But she sees things in black and white, and she is certain that she is
God's chosen agent./.. the highest conflict and the greatest dramatic
payoff come just before the end, when Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn,
head to head, enter the final stage of their duel.
Friends : Norm and Nancy Karp - (me) - Sally and Bob McClure- after the show in Ithaca NY.