The Good Doctor

Photos by Bethany Krevat. 

"The Good Doctor is IDS’s final production. But what a marvelous thing it is."

"Toohey and team IDS get inside of Simon's characters, give them a thorough examination, and put forth the results in consistent, fully-realized portrayals. I give them a clean bill of health and look forward to watching them germinate in other incubators around town. Break a leg, IDS!"

"The InDepenDent folks are on target, giving the mini-dramas just the right 19th century stylization."

"The Independent Drama Society’s final show utilizes the comedic talents to go out with a laugh for the audience and a whimper for the characters. A fun weekend of comic observations of the pain and guile of the human condition.” 

"Few local fringe troupes could assemble a cast this large, and probably even fewer would attempt Chekhov - even by way of Simon. The scene will miss the Independent Drama Society - and I will, too."

"From the elaborate costume designs a la Fabian Aguilar’s keen eye for period fashion to the doubling of roles both in front and in back of the house, Director Christine Toohey took her team out on a limb. And, as has consistently been the case with IDS’ ambitious work, the show lands on its feet."

"One of [Boston’s] most youthful and successful companies. Smartly current."

"Witness true teamwork among some of Boston’s finest fringe actors. The cast, crew and design team meet the challenge of each story with vibrant energy and passion worthy of IDS’s final production." 

by Neil Simon
Directed by Christine Toohey

July 15-23, 2011

The Factory Theatre 
791 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End

Celebrate life’s ups and downs with The Good Doctor, a farcical comedy from Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon. With infectious humor, a writer gives life to a series of tales inspired by Anton Chekhov's short stories. Poignant, touching, and funny, these vignettes draw inspiration from such varied characters as a suave seducer of other men's wives, a determined young actress, and a hapless government clerk. IDS's Director of Marketing Christine Toohey helms this thoughtful and playful production.

Learn about Anton Chekhov and Neil Simon's "collaboration" 
by reading Dr. Eileen Warburton's dramaturgical article on The Good Doctor.

CAST
Chris Anton, Kate Daly, Melissa deJesus, Zach Eisenstat, Mark Estano, 
Sarah J. Gazdowicz, Sierra Kagen, Chris Larson, Bob Mussett, 
David N. Rogers, Victoria Townsend, and Brian Tuttle.

DESIGN TEAM
Scenic Designer - Sean A. Cote
Costume Designer - Fabian Aguilar
Lighting Designer - Matthew Breton
Sound Designer - Chris Larson
Properties Designer - Abigail Neuhoff
Assistant Sound Designer - Melissa deJesus

PRODUCTION TEAM
Stage Manager - Jeff Kubiatowicz
Production Manager - Chris Anton
Dramaturgy - David N. Rogers & Rita Reznikova
Assistant Stage Manager - Nicole Madar
Marketing Consultant & Graphic Design - Desiree Pedrami
Fight Director - Mark Villanueva