March 31-May 14: REP stages Neil Simon's 'The Good Doctor'
Resident Ensemble Players production of Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor."
Drew Bhrel and Ben Charles in the Resident Ensemble Players production of Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor."

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11:29 a.m., March 31, 2011----Laughter will be bringing down the house at the Thompson Theatre with the Resident Ensemble Players' production of Neil Simon's comedy The Good Doctor, running from Thursday, March 31, through Saturday, May 14, in the University of Delaware's Roselle Center for the Arts.

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Simon's funny and poignant adaptation of Anton Chekhov's short stories moves from an ill-timed sneeze, to an over-eager dentist, to an exceedingly exuberant acting audition and includes a collection of characters that are both hilarious and endearing. As Broadway's master of comedy, Simon nimbly weaves eight infectious takes into one joyful and poignant entertainment.

REP actor Steve Tague plays the Narrator, the character based on Chekhov, and finds that the style of comedy is like a vaudeville routine. “It's old fashioned, like an Abbot and Costello routine. It's a back-and-forth style that's quick and fast, between broad, huge farce that's then coupled with some very sweet and touching scenes.”

Tickets are $18 - $24 for the general public. Discounts are available for students, seniors and UD faculty and staff. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 302-831-2204, or visit the REP website.

Performances are schedule at 7:30 p.m. on March 31, April 1, 2, 8 and 9, and May 6; and at 2 p.m. on April 2 and 9, and May 8 and 14.

The REP Prologue, a free and informal 20-minute presentation about the production, will be held prior to the 2 p.m. performance on April 9. A talk-back with the cast will be held after the evening performance on May 6.

The Roselle Center for the Arts is located at 110 Orchard Rd,. on the corner of Orchard Road and Kent Way, in Newark. A convenient parking garage is attached to the center.

A complete schedule, directions, and information on purchasing tickets can be found at the REP's website or by calling the REP's box office at 302-831-2204.

Photos by Nadine Howatt

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