'Doubt' ★★★½

John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt," which deals with a nun¿s suspicion that her patriarchy is hiding an abusive priest, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and is a masterpiece of concision. This play never seems to waste a single word. Director PJ Paparelli¿s production is potent indeed. Karen Skinner, who plays Sister Aloysius, is very gripping; the emotionally available Sadieh Rifai is a good match as Sister James; and Lance Baker offers a carefully toned piece of acting in service of Shanley¿s most important point: that those who abuse children are so adept at hiding their actions, not only are they difficult to ferret out, their investigations might also ensnare the innocent. Through Nov. 4 at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.; $38-$43 at 773-409-4125 or atcweb.org
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