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This play provokes, no doubt

Though touring Broadway shows seem to return like the buzzards to Miami's courthouse roof (even Wicked can get old the fourth time around), it's rare for a regional theater to bring back a hit -- even more rare, with the same cast.

Pnesbitthardcastlepbowiedoubtsig Happily for fans of serious theater who feel they can't possibly stand one more musical revue this summer, Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company is doing that rare thing.  To open the company's $10 million Count de Hoernle Theatre last December, artistic director Michael Hall assembled a first-rate production of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, a play that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Featuring (as shown in photo, left to right) Pat Nesbit as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, Terry Hardcastle as Father Brendan Flynn, Pat Bowie as Mrs. Muller and (not shown) Amy Montminy as Sister James, the drama pits the suspicious older nun against the charismatic younger priest in a cliff-hanger with no real answers.

The play -- well worth seeing if you missed it the first time around, or if you were so intrigued you'd like to try solving its puzzle one more time -- will be at the Caldwell, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, Aug. 1-17.  Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $34 and $38 ($10 for students a half-hour before curtain).  Call 1-877-245-7432 or visit the website.

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