In his plays, A.R. Gurney entertainingly chronicles the lives and social customs of the upper strata of the old families of the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants of the northeastern U.S.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Dr. Anton Chekhov wrote short humor pieces to help pay his way through medical school long before he became one of Russia's (and the world) foremost playwrights. Neil Simon's nickname is "Doc," because of his talent as a play doctor. The former's stories and sketches aren't very funny anymore, but they found a second life after Simon performed his ultimate fix-it, adapting the old tales to appeal to modern sensibilities; a second opinion, in a way. And Avalon's slick production of the result, The Good Doctor, provides a lot of laughter which is, of course, the best medicine.