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.