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Mill City Stages Final Performances of 'The Good Doctor'

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff
10:14AM / Friday, March 21, 2014
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Mill City's 'The Good Doctor' features 10 actors in multiple roles.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mill City Productions will hold its last three performances of "The Good Doctor" on Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m.

"The Good Doctor" was written by Neil Simon and is based on the short stories of Russian author Anton Chekhov.

The audience follows a writer suffering from writer's block who struggles with ideas. The different stories come to life on stage as the writer addresses the audience.

"He tells these short stories of everyday people encountering dramatic and funny events in their lives," Director Tara Johnson said. "It is a wonderful melding of Neil Simon's very grounded humor he finds in everyday life with Chekhov's humor."

The play is comedic and the stories range from tragic humor to slapstick.

"It's a very fun show, and it is good for the entire family," Johnson said. "There are scenes that are more esoteric, but also scenes that are more slapstick."

The play stars Steven Green as the writer, along with 10 other local actors.

"We were looking for shows that would give a lot of people the opportunity to be part of it that maybe required a much bigger cast, but didn’t ask people to commit to big parts," Johnson said. "It's all little vignettes, and I think because we were able to do that, we got this amazing cast that I am very excited about."

The company started rehearsing for "The Good Doctor" in the first week in January.

Johnson considers this as one of the much larger productions the company has done, especially castwise.

"Almost everyone is in two scenes," she said. "I tried to give everyone characters that were well within their purview, but would also give them a change."

The company performs in Building 4N at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Tickets are $10.


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