Gingold Theatrical Group’s 13th season of Project Shaw continues May 21 with a reading of George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).
Artistic Director David Staller directs a cast that features Tony winner Reed Birney (The Humans), Tim Jerome (The Phantom of the Opera), Warren Kelley (Boardwalk Empire), Kevin Ligon (Hello, Dolly!), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Kristin Parker (A Thornton Wilder Christmas), Patti Perkins (Billy Elliott), Tony Roach (My Fair Lady), Don Stephenson (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Lenny Wolpe (Wicked), and Evan Zes (Murder on the Orient Express).
In the 1906 play, Jennifer Dubedat idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but refuses to accept that his illness may be fatal. She goes to the renowned doctor Sir Colenso, who has just invented a revolutionary cure, in the hopes of convincing him that Louis’ artistic talents make him worthy of saving. The doctor only has enough serum to treat one more patient and must choose between a doctor who has devoted himself to the underserved or the artist (who turns out to be a roguish scoundrel).
“This is one of Shaw’s mystery plays,” says Staller, “with as many questions left unanswered as answered, and Shaw breezes us though so many potent topics we can hardly keep track. One of the most powerful themes remains as relevant today as then: are treatments to be so scarce or costly that only the wealthy can afford them; and who gets to decide? But the play is populated with some the most extravagantly comedic characters ever created for the stage and, with this cast, we can’t wait to share it with our audience.”
Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at SymphonySpace.org. Special reserved VIP seating is available for $50 by contacting the Gingold office (212) 355-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Updated May 21, 2018)