Neil Simon comedy opens at Algonquin on Thursday

Above: Algonquin students rehearse “The Good Doctor” (contributed photo)

The Algonquin spring play opens on Thursday, and this year’s selection is Neil Simon’s comedy “The Good Doctor.” Directed by Algonquin English teacher Tom Alera, the show features Zach Lusk, Alex Lafreniere, Brittany Price, Max Ludwig, Sarah Gittins, and Andy Hamilton.

Here’s a synopsis of the show from

This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a harridan storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever. In another sketch, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture. Let us not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.

Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 pm in Algonquin’s Small Performance Theater. Tickets are $7, or $10 for a show ticket plus three raffle tickets. You can reserve your seat by emailing

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