John Patrick Shanley's play, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama, deals with the conflict between a popular parish priest teaching in a middle school and the school's principal, a nun who believes the priest to be guilty of misconduct though she has little evidence to support it. The New York Times praised Doubt
as "written with an uncanny blend of compassion and detachment... presents each point of view with reasonableness and an eloquence... Even as Doubt
holds your conscious attention as an intelligently measured debate play, it sends off stealth charges that go deeper emotionally." The play raises provocative questions about faith, evidence and instinct.