University Theatre to stage ‘The Good Doctor,’ a comedy, Nov. 5-8

By University Communications
October 24, 2014
UW-Stout students Maria Pozharsky and Blaine Davidson

Photo: UW-Stout students Maria Pozharsky and Blaine Davidson

Anton Chekhov, a late 19th century physician in Russia, was intimately familiar with the human condition.

He explored the frailties and comic turns of life when he began to write, ultimately becoming known as one of the greatest short story writers in history. He died in 1904 at age 44.

Several of Chekhov’s classic stories were the basis for a 1973 Neil Simon play, “The Good Doctor,” which will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday , Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 8 , by University Theatre.

With Harvey Hall at University of Wisconsin-Stout closed for renovation, the play will be at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the Memorial Student Center service desk, 715-232-1122.

“The Good Doctor” is a series of heartwarming and hilarious skits tied together by a narrator, ostensibly Chekhov, and brought to life by Simon.

“The wide range of characters and situations makes directing both challenging and rewarding,” Calenberg said. “Neil Simon spins his comic genius into a series of stories that portrays both the vulnerability and sincerity of the human condition.

“There has been a lot of laughter at rehearsals, and I am sure audiences will experience the same at the performances,” Calenberg said.

Because of the multiple skits, most of the eight student actors will have more than one role. The cast, with their majors and roles, consists of:

  • Kyle Basom, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, applied social science; writer, Peter, man, father
  • Maggie Creel, of Oakdale, Minn., hotel, restaurant and tourism management; mistress
  • Blaine Davidson, of Hudson, business administration; general, sexton, sailor, Pochatkin, Kistunov
  • Marley Hermann, of Minneapolis, applied social science; Madame Brassilhov, woman
  • Jason Lasee, of Ashland, applied mathematics and computer science; boy
  • Meghan Olson, of Rosemount, Minn., early childhood education; Cherdykov’s wife, wife, girl
  • Kevin Pelzel, of Hudson, computer engineering; Cherdykov, Kuryatin, Niky, policeman, voice
  • Maria Pozharsky, of Eau Claire, applied mathematics and computer science; Julia, woman, Defenseless Creature

Two other students are part of the production. Amber Kurten, of Rosemount, Minn., a special education major, is the stage manager. The assistant stage manager is Alex Vernon, of Green Bay, who is majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

Scene and lighting design is by Assistant Professor Beth Janetski. Costume design is by Deborah Coleman.