Play 3, 2013

The Good Doctor

by Neil Simon

directed by Maria Plumb

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Laughter is the best medicine!

The Play

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, weaves seven stories of Anton Chekhov into exquisitely timed, hilarious theatre. The stories involve a wide variety of characters:- a governess, a lady of the night, a blustering general, a wild woman with a nervous disorder, a roué flirting with a new bride, a man who earns money by "drowning", and an actress.

They are filled with dry humour, surprise endings, and clever common people confronting their superiors.

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The Playwright

Neil Simon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has written over thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, most adapted from his plays. He has received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which  was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award, making him a national celebrity and “the hottest new playwright on Broadway.

Neil Simon

After winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1991 for Lost in Yonkers, critics began to take notice of the depths, complexity and issues of universal interest in his stories, which expressed serious concerns of most average people. His comedies were based around subjects such as marital conflict, infidelity, sibling rivalry, adolescence, and the fear of aging.

The Director

Maria Plumb is a Life member of the Villanova Players and has been performing since the age of 6, when the nuns at Barcaldine Convent School had her learn speeches to welcome dignitaries on various occasions. She joined Villanova Players in 1962 and her first role was in Our Hearts Were Young and Gay. Since then she has performed in The Miracle Worker, Woman in a Dressing Gown, A Doll's House, Money and Friends, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her most recent role was as Lettice Douffet in Lettice and Lovage

For Brisbane Arts Theatre she has performed in "Death of a Salesman", for Camerata "Old Times", and for Community Theatre Cabaret and An Italian Straw Hat. While on a working holiday in London, Maria studied acting at the Marian Naylor School, and directing at the City Literary Institute. Maria has directed Stage Door, Travelling North, Away, The Busybody ,Fresh Fields and most recently Dr Ox the Experiment. Maria was a reader and script development advisor for Playlab and Playlab Press for many years.


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