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The Good Doctor - Full Length Play, Comedy

The Good Doctor

Anton Chekhov, Neil Simon

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573609718

This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious, and the fun unending.

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Music Score - The Good Doctor

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Full Length Play


Adaptations (Stage & Screen)


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This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch, a feisty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a father takes his son to a house to initiate him into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever. In another sketch, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture. And let us not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious, and the fun unending.


"A great deal of warmth and humor in his retelling of these Chekhovian tales." - Newhouse Newspapers

"There is much fun here. Mr. Simon's comic fancy is admirable." - The New York Times

The Good Doctor opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on November 27, 1973.


3m, 2f

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Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (29 January 1860– 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, ... view full profile

Neil Simon

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last ... view full profile

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Daryl Halter 4/24/2015 9:26 AM
Just a wonderful show.  Can be done with as  little as 5 people but I will be using about 15 in my production at the end of June.  Easy to stage with full set or just a piece set (what I'll be doing).  Costuming with period is the only challenge/expense.  Great for a large venue but I will stage it in a small intimate setting with only 100 seats available,  I feel it is better this way as there are places where actors break the 4th wall and directly address the audience.  :)  I can't wait for opening night!
Kathryn Peterson 12/9/2014 8:04 PM
Neil Simon has done an incredibly fine job of creating three dimentional characters in a smoothly crafted set of senarios that ring true in 2014 as well as anytime.  The author has given the production crew the latitude to make the entire play simple or complex.  If a theatre company has adequate funds to invest in fancy and elaborate costumes, that would be a great challange.  Those of us with limited funds need to be creative in both costuming and sets.  I can hardly wait to cast this play and get into rehearsals.  
Linda Perrenoud 4/22/2014 1:42 PM
The numerous scenes allow the actors to stretch their talents as they portray various characters. The script is funny; the set can be simple; and the costume period is gorgeous.  

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