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Neil Simon’s Comic Drama on Stage
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Neil Simon’s Comic Drama on Stage

A comic drama ‘Fools,’ written by American author, screenwriter and playwright Neil Simon, and directed by theater actor and director Mohsen Sotoudeh is underway at Parviz Parastoui Theater in Tehran.

The play opened on Monday and will run through February 26, starting at 7:30 pm, Azad News Agency (ANA) reported.

The comic drama was written in 1981 by Simon, 89. It is set in an idyllic Ukrainian hamlet named Kulyenchikov in the late 19th century.

Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He has landed a terrific teaching job in Kulyenchikov. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. 

The town has been cursed with a chronic stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes stupid. 

Leon takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Doctor Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya. He learns about the curse, but things become complicated when he falls in love with his pupil, a girl so stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit.

Actor and translator Shahram Zargar, who is a fan of Simon’s works, has converted the play into Persian. So far, he has translated 14 works by Simon.

Sotoudeh has a role in the play. Other cast members are Ashkan Delavari, Ehsan Forouzesh, Sipan Dowlatkhah, Monireh Torabi, Mehrnoush Khalili, Amin Ebrahimi, Nesa Farhadi, Hanieh Gholami, Amir Ali Bastani, Nazanin Jafarzadeh and Seyed Pouya Beygi.

The theater is located at No. 2, Maragheh Alley, Nejatollahi Street, Enqelab Avenue.

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