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UMW drama spring production, "The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon, starts Feb. 26.

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Production runs from Feb. 26 to March 2 in the Beier Auditorium. All performances are at 7:33 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The cast is made up of 19 actors, both students and community members. "The Good Doctor" is a series of comedies with music set in 19th century Russia. perryJoin the University of Montana Western’s drama department as they explore the space between literature and drama in Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor.” The performance will be Thursday, Feb. 26 through Monday, March 2nd at 7:33 p.m. in the Beier Auditorium on the Montana Western campus.  “The Good Doctor” follows one of Russia’s most famous writers, Anton Chekhov, played by Montana Western student, James Durney. Neil Simon depicts the journey of writing through the narration of Chekhov. Nine of Chekhov’s vignettes are featured throughout the play, including three of his most famous plays, “ The Seagull,” “Three Sisters” and “Cherry Orchard.” Most of Chekhov’s short stories are comedies, and so are most of the scenes in this play. However, three scenes in this production are dramatic. According to Larry Brazill, Montana Western drama professor, the comic scenes give the dramatic ones more poignancy. Some actors will be playing several different parts on a representative set. The costumes are based on 1890’s Russian fashions. The actors will be portraying their characters with Russian accents.  Brazill says the play is a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with two great writers from two different times. “Chekhov is one of the most well-known playwrights to come out of Russia. Neil Simon is author of plays such as “The Odd Couple.” When asked what the play is about, director Brazill commented, "imagine Saturday Night Live if it existed in Russia in 1890, written in collaboration by two of the world's greatest playwrights, a 19th century Russian, and a 20th century American." “The Good Doctor” ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.