Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of nine comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
Highlights: Prolific American playwright Neil Simon adapted several short stories by prodigious Russian writer/physician Anton Chekhov in this amusing concoction, first produced on Broadway in 1973. It’s a blend of the talents of two widely respected writers from different countries and nearly a century apart.
As the opener of the Seneca Community Players season, The Good Doctor dispenses a generous portion of laughs. The play is a curious concoction. Given its lineage, it’s similar to a buffet at a restaurant that offers twin cuisines rather than a singular specialty. As a result, it’s a cross between Simon’s traditional rapid-fire one-liners and Chekhov’s subtler view of the human condition.
Play: The Good Doctor
Group: Seneca Community Players
Venue: 115 Fall Street (Lower Level)
Dates: June 3 a7 7:30pm and June 4 @ 2:30pm (doors open 30 minutes early)
Tickets: Admission is free, donations are welcome
Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.
Seneca Community Players will be holding Auditions Monday & Tuesday, January 4 & 5, for the first show of their 2016 season.
What the Butler Saw, a farce written by the English playwright Joe Orton was the final play and the second to be performed after his death will be directed by Nicholas J. Goodman.
The story revolves around the Prentices, an unusual couple. Dr. Prentice runs his own exclusive psychiatric hospital and believes that the best way to interview a woman is by seducing her.
Geraldine, his prospective new secretary, does her best to comply. Meanwhile, Mrs. Prentice has been seduced by a bellhop at a fancy hotel, or did she seduce him? She brings him along to her husband’s hospital, just in time for a visit from the state inspector. Even a loopy policeman finds himself thrown into the madness. As the day progresses, chaos runs rampant as people disappear, shocking new discoveries are made, and identities are mistaken.
Roles are available for four men ranging in ages 18 – 70 and two women ranging in ages 18 – 50. Actors should come dressed comfortably to move and will read from the script, no preparation is necessary.
Auditions will be held at 6:30 Monday & Tuesday January 4 & 5 on the lower level at 115 Fall Street in Seneca Falls. The performances will be held on February 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27 in the Delavan Theater on the New York Chiropractic College campus.
For further information:
Contact: Nicholas J. Goodman
Seneca Community Players