Good Theater will present the Maine premiere of the recent Broadway success Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. Good People runs from October 10 through November 4, at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland. For tickets and information contact the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883.
Good People debuted on Broadway in February 2011. Critics were enthusiastic about the show with the New York Times saying, “…"the very fine new play that opened Thursday night … is one of the more subtly surprising treats of this theater season.” The show was nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Play. It was also nominated as Best Play for the Drama League, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk and Good People won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Frances McDormand, who starred in the Broadway production, won a number of awards for her performance including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Awards.
The Good Theater production of Good People stars Denise Poirier as Margie; James Noel Hoban as her former boyfriend, Mike; Noelle LuSane as Mike’s wife, Kate; Jesse Leighton as Margie’s boss, Stevie; Suzanne Rankin as her landlady, Dottie; and Amy Roche as her friend, Jean. Good Theater Artistic Director, Brian P. Allen, directs the production with set design by Janet Montgomery, costumes and stage management by Justin Cote and lighting design by Iain Odlin. Steve Underwood is the tech director and sound designer and Craig Robinson is the assistant tech director and photographer.
Good People is set in South Boston where this week’s paycheck goes to cover last week’s bills. When she loses her job at the Dollar Store, Margie seeks out an old boyfriend for help. The differences between the haves and the have nots is explored with humor as Margie, desperate for work, does whatever it takes to land a position. Filled with humor and an interesting take on life, Good Peopleis a taught, touching and delightful piece of theater. For Good Theater fans, this show is in the tradition of such other recent Broadway successes that have made their Maine debuts on the Good Theater stage including August Osage County and Next Fallwhich recently won the PEER Award for outstanding production.
Tickets and performances are Wednesdays ($15) and Thursdays ($20) at 7:00, Fridays ($20) and Saturdays ($25) at 7:30 and Sundays ($25) at 2:00. There is an added Saturday matinee on October 27 ($20) at 3:00.