‘Good Doctor’ pays visit to stage

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Russian author Anton Chekhov is suffering from writer’s block and narrates a number of his stories to the audience, bringing them to life onstage.

Members of the St. John’s Players rehearse “The Sneeze” scene from Neil Simon’s comedy, “The Good Doctor.” The show will run at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in St. John’s tonight until Sunday.

There’s “The Drowned Man,” who pretends to drown himself for money; “The Arrangement,” where a father aims to make his teenage son a man by bringing him to a brothel; and “Surgery,” which sees a monk go to have a tooth pulled, only to find his dentist on vacation and an inexperienced but zealous substitute in charge.

So goes the premise of the

St. John’s Players production of “The Good Doctor,” Neil Simon’s 1973 comedy and Broadway hit.

The production features longtime actress Lisa Hurd in her first role with the Players since 1993, and her first time performing with a theatre troupe since 1997, when she began touring her signature one-woman piece, “Dance Like a Butterfly.”

Directed by Louise Kearley, “The Good Doctor” opens at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre tonight, and runs until Sunday night. Tickets are $20 (service charge included), and are available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900 or online at www.artsandculturecentre.com.

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Organizations: Barbara Barrett Theatre

Geographic location: Broadway

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  • Joan Mowbray
    March 13, 2014 - 14:01

    Read the play in the Fall and just reading it, it was hilarious in some moments and poignant in some others. Great to have the St. John's Players back with some familiar alumni members and some new. Looking forward to seeing it on Saturday night. If you want an enjoyable night out, I would recommend going!