Patel Conservatory Theater presents The Good Doctor tonight and tomorrow only!
Lucas Coura captures the somewhat scattered personality of a writer as he portrays the Russian writer Anton Chekhov in this light comedy, written by Neil Simon and based on stories by Chekhov.
“I really enjoyed finding the subtle humor of the play,” said Coura.
Any writer can appreciate Chekhov’s narration, which jumps from one idea to the next. Chekhov’s narration is interwoven with the stories he writes.
“I love Neil Simon and am super excited to perform one of his plays,” said Spence Gabriel, who plays Cherdyakou.
Gabriel has performed in community theater throughout the Tampa Bay area. This is his first show with the Conservatory.
His former performances include Night at the Wax Museum and Honk. He played Rolf in Sound of Music, and Link Larkin in Hairspray. He was recently chosen to be one of the hosts of the Patel Conservatory’s 2013 Spotlight Awards in May.
“The goal of the Patel Conservatory is amazing. To educate kids, including underprivileged kids, it’s what I want to do with my life,” said Spence. “Theater helped me a lot when I was young, so I want to show others that it can help them as well.”
Spence says he was shy as a kid, and had a hard time dealing with his parents’ divorce. Stepping into someone else’s shoes and becoming different characters became an outlet for him to express himself.
“I could get up on stage and let it all out,” he said.
“It’s an honor to be here at the Conservatory, and an honor to be in the Good Doctor and Spotlight.”
Check out Spence as one of Chekhov’s smartly witty characters in the Good Doctor, this weekend only!
Performances of The Good Doctor will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.