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The Good Doctor (Broadway Theatre Archive) (1978)

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A movie directed by Jack O'Brien

Anton Chekhov's early short stories, which so eloquently capture the comic and serious sides of the 19th century Russian Bourgeoisie, were the source and inspiration for this hit by Neil Simon--one of the most prolific and beloved playwrights of all … see full wiki

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Director: Jack O'Brien
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A humorous play, but heavy-handed acting

  • Jul 5, 2010
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+3
Neil Simon wrote this play starring Richard Chamberlain, Ed Asner, Marsha Mason, and Lee Grant, which is made up of seven independent comic vignettes based on stories written by The Good Doctor, Anton Chekhov. Richard Chamberlain plays Chekhov and acts in most of the main parts. The stories include:

The Sneeze is about an employee who happens to sit behind his employer at a play, tries to impress him, but then accidently sneezes on his head. The employee is flabbergasted and, although the employer reacts in an understanding forgiving manner, goes overboard in trying to seek the employer's pardon. He behaves to his disadvantage.

The Seduction concerns a seducer who shows how to seduce another man's wife by having her husband tell her all the praises that he says about her.

In The Drowned Man, a man gets Chekhov to agree to pay to see him jump into the water and act as if he drowned. The man cannot swim.

The Arrangement is a tale where a father takes his nineteen year old son to a prostitute as a birthday present and bargains with the prostitute to get the best price. This is his son's first experience with sex.

The stories are clever and humorous, but Chamberlain seems to act as if he were in a Shakespeare play.

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