GOOD PEOPLE at The Stagecrafters: Some People Have All the Luck

by Patricia Bradford

The Stagecrafters theater enters the home stretch of its 2014-2015 season with the production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s penetrating comedy-drama, GOOD PEOPLE, opening on Friday, June 12. Meet Margie Walsh, a middle-aged single mother struggling to care for her mentally handicapped adult daughter, and who is just about to lose her cashier’s job at the Dollar Store in the down-at-the-heels ‘Southie’ section of Boston. One bingo game away from eviction and desperate to catch a break, Margie figures that an old fling from the neighborhood who has made it as a respected physician could be her ticket to a fresh start. The ensuing encounter, at once heart-rending and irresistibly funny, delivers a darkly comedic and profoundly touching discourse on class, money, and the human condition.
David Lindsay-Abaire (b. 1969), whose works tread a fine line between absurdity and harsh reality, achieved his first major theatrical successes with the quirky and off-kilter “Fuddy Meers” (1999) and the enigmatic “Kimberly Akimbo” (2000), which was produced at The Stagecrafters in 2011. His RABBIT HOLE received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2006. GOOD PEOPLE, written in 2011, premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club to widespread acclaim, was a Tony Award nominee for Best Play, and received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Critics’ raves included: “… this [is a] tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of [the old] neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.” (Variety); “incisively drawn characters and witty dialogue.” (ScheckOnTheater).

Performance dates are June 12-28. Thu.-Sat. @ 8 pm, Sun. @ 2 pm. Tickets are priced at $17.00 Online. (Thu. eve performances “2 for $25” Online, “2 for $30” At the door). Students with valid ID $13.00 At-door. Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave. Visit website for details:
Special NOTE: A “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A session will be held immediately following the performance on Friday, June 19. All attendees at that performance are welcome to stay.

Theater/Organization The Stagecrafters
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Theater/Organization Address: 8130 Germantown Avenue Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 247-8881

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