Rants & Raves - A Review of Good People
Good People at The Circuit Playhouse
How do you get by when you got pregnant, didn’t finish High School and have worked low-end jobs for the last twenty years?
You were born and raised in South Boston and you are still there. A Southie. You are now employed at a Dollar Store making a little over minimum wage, trying to support yourself and an adult daughter who was born with mental disabilities. You are one paycheck away from not paying rent and buying groceries and you lose your job. What do you do?
This is Margaret Walsh’s (Kim Justis Eikner) plight as Good People, David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 award winning play raises curtain. Margie has been fired by her store manager, Stevie (Joshua Quinn). He is someone she knew as a boy. Wasn’t he supposed to be on her side? Her landlady and child sitter, Dottie (Irene Crist) is sympathetic to a point but she needs her rent. Margie’s wise and wise cracking friend Jean (Mary Buchignani Hemphill) thinks she should call on an old classmate who has recently moved back to Boston and ask him for a job. Margie isn’t thrilled about the idea but as time passes and still no job, she calls on Michael Dillon (Michael Gravois) at his office. Mike is a successful physician, married to a younger woman (Lisa Lynch) and living in Chestnut Hill. Lace Curtain Irish, Margie now calls him. Twenty some-odd years ago they had been neighbors, classmates and even dated. Surely he can help Margie find a job.
With wit and candor Mr. Linsday-Abaire’s play brings our attention to what can happen to the working poor who are one small circumstance away from being on the street. His flawed characters approach their individual struggle trying to hold to the values of “good people.” In desperation what rules will be broken? When memories turn selective and convenient who remains unscathed?
Good People was nominated as best play by a full circle of 2011 New York Theatre Awards including a Tony. It is an outstanding play and the Circuit production has an outstanding cast. Not to take anything away from Dave Landis’ brilliant direction, but how could you not have a hit with Lindsey-Abaire’s play and this incredible cast and design staff?
Go see it. This mixture of comedy and drama will keep you fully engaged.
Good People plays at Circuit Playhouse through September 23.