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Neil Simon’s tribute to Anton Chekhov in “The Good Doctor” takes the stage at Rockford University

09/26/2019 2:36 pm

Rockford University’s Performing Arts Department presents The Good Doctor written by Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov and directed by Professor Deborah Mogford. The show runs Thursday, October 3- Saturday, October 5, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m. in Rockford University’s Clark Arts Center, Cheek Theatre. The Clark Arts Center is accessible. 

The Good Doctor is Neil Simon’s heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov, the early twentieth-century playwright and short story writer. Simon, the popular Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, has cleverly woven a selection of Chekhov short stories into a performance of unending fun, joy, infectious humor, and poignant sweetness. The title of the play refers to Chekhov’s profession in real life. It is the figure of Chekhov himself who introduces his wide array of characters. He brings to life an over-zealous young dentist, a madwoman with a nervous disorder, man who earns money by “drowning,” a blustering general, a “lady” of the night, a sneezing playgoer, the greatest seducer of women, a well-meaning father seeking to introduce his son to the wonders of sex, and many more. In this play, Neil Simon seeks to celebrate the folly and tenderness of what it is to be human.

Tickets are required, and seating is limited. Single ticket admission for adults $12, seniors age 55 and up, and students is $9 unless otherwise noted. To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at boxoffice@rockford.edu. The complete list of this season’s productions is available on the University’s website at www.rockford.edu/artslectures/performingarts/