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Comedic Simon Touch Brings Chekhov Stories to Life

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 31, 2007) - America's most popular comedic playwright, Neil Simon, puts the spotlight on humorous stories by early 20th century Russian writer Anton Chekhov in "The Good Doctor," a Manatee Community College (MCC) Studio 84 production to be performed at 8 p.m., Nov. 20-21, and 23-24, in the Chamber Theatre, located to the right of the main entrance to Neel Performing Arts Center off 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, MCC Bradenton.

Directed by Ken Erickson Jr., the Simon arrangement focuses on stories written by a young Chekhov, who was then putting himself through medical school. Simon began his career writing for television stars Sid Caesar and Phil Silvers and went on to win Tony awards for "The Odd Couple," "Biloxi Blues" and "Lost in Yonkers." Chekhov is best known for his serious classics, "The Seagull," "The Three Sisters" and "The Cherry Orchard."

Kyle Bliss plays the narrator - Simon's portrait of Chekhov as a young man. Other cast members are Kira Borrowdale, Colin Brady, Nicholas DeLisi, Joshua Fishbein, Jenna Gagliano, Brian Jackson, Megan Kroger, Gilbert Ortiz, Mariana Rocha, Dayton Sinkia and Katelyn Studer. MCC alumni Erin Erickson Saladino and Jason Wilson perform the touching "Too Late for Happiness," the play's musical number.

The 59-seat Chamber Theatre Box Office opens an hour before each performance. General admission is $10. Tickets are $5 for Florida students and MCC staff. Tickets go on sale Nov. 6 in the Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office. For more information, call (941) 752-5252. 

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