Theater: New Plays on Broadway

The Devil's Advocate (adapted from Morris L. West's novel by Dore Schary) asks the largest questions raised on Broadway this season—the largest questions, whether of Catholic theology or of living in the world, that man can ask. The play begins with a dying man sent off to ask questions about a dead one: a cancer-ridden English monsignor at the Vatican journeys to a mountain town in Calabria to serve as devil's advocate in the matter of a possible canonization. He is to investigate—in terms of his role, as critically as possible—the qualifications for sainthood of "Giacomo Nerone,'' an English World War...

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