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Oregon Community Theatre will present its Reader’s Theatre with the Broadway hit “The Good Doctor” written by Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov and directed by Bill Quinlan March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level at the ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon.

The comedic show is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a feisty old woman 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. There is also the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles.

Reader’s Theatre is a more intimate style of theatre in which the actors do not memorize their lines, said cast member Nancy Ice. Rather, they either go through their blocking holding scripts and reading off their lines, or else sit/stand together on a stage and read through the script together.

Actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking. Like storytelling, Reader’s Theatre can create images by suggestion that could never be realistically portrayed on stage.

Cast members include Patrick Boyer, Tammy Halay, Renee Harrington, Nancy Ice, Kyle Slagley, Reed Steele and Tom Zulick.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Admission is free for OCT season ticketholders. For more information, call 419-691-1398 or go to oregoncommunitytheatre.org.

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