Father Brendan Flynn in 'Doubt'
Unless you're a Broadway regular, you may never have gotten to see Philip Seymour Hoffman in any of his three Tony nominated performances. Because "Doubt" was John Patrick Shanley adapting his own play, he mainly concentrated on capturing the nuance of performances from all-star cast and scenes aren't choreographed as much more than staged readings, allowing the actors to play off of each other in freedom. So "Doubt" was like watching Hoffman on stage, for those of us who missed the opportunity. In every well-constructed scene, Hoffman takes Father Flynn and the audience through a journey of... well... doubt. Is Father Flynn lying to the other characters and his flock? Is he lying to us? Is he lying to himself? Check out this scene with Meryl Streep to see two or three different waves of uncertainty play out.
- Daniel Fienberg