Neil Simon is an national treasure, as is Anton Chekhov within his native Russian literary tradition. The two writers -- the former a comic genius, the latter a more sober dramatist and titan of the short-story form -- are hardly kindred spirits on the surface of things, but oftentimes delving beneath superficialities and flimsy categories yields unexpected delights. Such is the case with Neil Simon's The Good Doctor
. He wrote the play in the early '70s as both a homage to and a reimagining of the great Russian master Chekhov's tales, and audiences and critics responded well; the production earned a Tony Award. Enjoy the New Jewish Theatre's take on The Good Doctor
at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (October 3 through 19) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; 314-442-3283 or www.newjewishtheatre.org
). There is one 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 20, and tickets are $35 to $39.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Oct. 3. Continues through Oct. 20, 2013