Instead of having one long narrative, The Good Doctor at Glen Street Theatre will be composed of seven to eight mini narratives going for 15-20 minutes each. These plays written by Neil Simon will channel the works of Russian playright Chekhov.
These short plays are mostly of a comedic nature and each scene is obscure and entertaining. Actress Lenore Smith explained that these stories are quirky, with maybe one sweet piece to tug at your heartstrings.
“By-and-by they’re mainly whirly, a little bit heightened crazy, a little bit Monty Python,” said Smith.
“[There are] two great scenes, one about a guy going to see a dentist, and this play shows the nightmare; the other is a father taking his son to a ‘lady of the night’ to initiate him into manhood, it’s poignant to see what happens after that.”
Smith joined the cast at the latter stages of rehearsal after another actor had to leave. Having worked with director/artistic director Sandra Bates before, and because this will be Bates’ last show, she couldn’t pass up the chance.
“It was great to be a part of her last production,” she said. “[And its] really great to be a part of her last play. It’s always a joy––it’s bittersweet.”
If you’re looking for something you don’t normally see at the theatre, this is perfect for you. (AMal)
Jan 19–24, various show times. Glen Street Theatre, corner Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose. $47-$64 ($16 student rush). Tickets & info: glenstreet.com.au
BY ATHINA MALLIS