"BRILLIANT! Stop whatever you're doing and buy your tickets!"-WGBH
"WISE AND WICKED FUNNY! Masterfully written and beautifully directed. The best show on stage right now!"-Joyce Kulhawik
"SERIOUSLY FUNNY! Good People could hardly be more entertaining."-Wicked Local/TAB
In South Boston, this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start in this humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate determine our path.
"David's play explores complex social questions about class, luck, and escaping our roots with electric energy and sharp humor. Our production marks a homecoming for him, Kate, and this local story." — Artistic Director Peter DuBois
Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn
Get a glimpse of scenes from the Huntington's production of Good People, featuring Johanna Day, Nick Westrate, Michael Laurence, Karen MacDonald, Nancy E. Carroll, and Rachael Holmes.
Hear what audiences are saying about David Lindsay-Abaire's compelling Southie story Good People at the Huntington.
Following in the longstanding tradition of British plays about class, David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People is the rare American play that explores issues of class in the United States. Director Kate Whoriskey and cast members Johanna Day, Michael Laurence, Nancy E. Carroll, and Karen MacDonald discuss this incredibly topical play.
In David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, the city of Boston is a character in and of itself, one that is central to the heart of the play. Learn more about the experiences and pressure of producing such a Boston-centric work in the city on which it was based in these exclusive interviews with Director Kate Whoriskey, an Acton native, and members of the cast, includingMichael Laurence, Johanna Day, and Boston natives (and local favorites) Nancy E. Carroll andKaren MacDonald.
Experience the journey from South Boston to Chestnut Hill as seen through the eyes of Margie Walsh (Johanna Day) in Good People.
Explore the streets of South Boston and the homes of Chestnut Hill in this Design Presentation by Good People Scenic Designer Alexander Dodge and director Kate Whoriskey.
Come behind the scenes of the first rehearsal of Good People at the Huntington and hear opening remarks from Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois and director Kate Whoriskey.
From Playbill.com: Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire took the threads of his working-class South Boston roots and spun them into Good People, Tony-nominated as Best Play.
Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses David Lindsay-Abaire's compelling Southie story Good People.
An exclusive, in-depth interview from WBUR 90.9 Radio Boston with Good People playwright David Lindsay-Abaire on his career and his South Boston roots.
Johanna Day (Margaret), Karen MacDonald (Jean), and Nancy Carroll (Dottie) explore the streets of South Boston where Good People is set.
Created and curated by the Huntington's Education department, the Good People curriculum guide provides teachers with educational resources to use in conjunction with the play. Learn more about our Student Matinee programs.
When playwright David Lindsay-Abaire looks for his next project, he always pushes himself in a new direction. Over the past decade, his work has spanned both across genres from absurd comedy to naturalistic tragedy and through the different mediums of plays, musicals, and movies. “I love saying yes to things I haven’t done before,” he says. “I challenge myself to do something different just to see if I can.”
Good People playwright David Lindsay-Abaire spoke with Dramaturg Charles Haugland about the South Boston he grew up in and the changes that the neighborhood has experienced.
"BRILLIANT! Stop whatever you're doing and buy your tickets!"-Jared Bowen, WGBH
"Masterful and oh-so-compelling!"-The Boston Globe
"COMPELLING! Brilliantly cast and beautifully staged. A MUST-SEE! Johanna Day, Nancy E. Carrol, and Karen MacDonald are a brilliant threesome to hear and watch. MacDonald's portrayal of Jean is singularly worth the price of admission."-BerkshireFineArts.com
"ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINING! Lindsay-Abaire's Southie is a place you'll want to visit."-OnBostonStages.com
"HILARIOUS! It's hard to imagine this sharp-edged, funny, and often bittersweet play without the Huntington ensemble under the direction of Kate Whoriskey."-Cape Cod Times
"One of the season's must-sees! Johanna Day triumphs in David Lindsay-Abaire's cracked valentine to Southie."-Hub Review
"From the excellent acting to the ingenious set design, the entire show is sure to entertain and invigorate."-New England Theatre Geek
"GOOD PEOPLE at Huntington Theatre Company tonight was fantastic! Hilarious - cracked up a house full of young and old. An absolute must-see!"-Zach Tucker on Facebook
"Boston theatre fans: Run, don't walk, to see "Good People" @huntington. No one paid me to say this: it is superb on every count."-@julespieri
"Saw 'Good People' @huntington last night. Fantastic start to the new season! Bonus points for pretty much nailing the accents."-@grumbleupagus
"Great production of "Good People" at the Huntington. Been thinking about it since I saw it last night! #Huntington #Goodpeople"-@Mprokop000
#GoodPeople at the @huntington was a fantastic show. Go see it and Laugh! It's hysterical. #BOSthtr"-@apierce610
"#GoodPeople at the @huntington was hilarious from beginning to end. Fun night at the theatre."-@BrandonSigh
"Good People is an engaging social drama involving roots and class. The dialog is well-written with many witty and comic lines. The six performers are great and this is true ensemble acting. Especially appealing to Boston audiences is the setting of Southie and Chestnut Hill. This production should have a very popular run here."-Anonymous on the Blog
Nancy E. Carroll has appeared in The Seagull, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, The Rose Tattoo, and Dead End at the Huntington. She reprised her Huntington role of Miss Erickson in Present Laughter on Broadway for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Johanna Day's Broadway credits include August: Osage County, Proof (Tony and Lucille Lortel Award nominations), and Lombardi.
Rachael Holmes has Off Broadway credits that include Ruined (director, Kate Whoriskey) at Manhattan Theatre Club, Persephone’s Cowboy: A Musical (director, Alex Timbers) and 365 Days/365 Plays (director, Michael Greif) at The Public Theater and at Epic Theatre Ensemble (directors, Leigh Silverman and Hal Brooks).
Michael Laurence is a playwright and actor who has appeared on Broadway in Talk Radio and Desire Under the Elms.
Karen MacDonald has appeared at the Huntington in Good People, Before I Leave You, Bus Stop, All My Sons, and A Civil War Christmas. Most recently she appeared as Polly Wyeth in Other Desert Cities (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Volumnia in Coriolanus, Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Randy in Superior Donuts.
Nick Westrate has appeared on Broadway in A Moon for the Misbegotten, and won a special Drama Desk Award for his versatility in the 2011-2012 Season in New York. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole was produced at the Huntington in 2006. His most recent play, Good People, premiered on Broadway, receiving two Tony Award nominations and the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year.
Kate Whoriskey directed The Miracle Worker on Broadway. Her Off Broadway credits include How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club, Drama Desk and Lucile Lortel Award nominations), The Piano Teacher (Vineyard Theatre), and more.
Alexander Dodge previously designed Smart People, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Good People, The Miracle at Naples, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Brendan, Present Laughter, and more at the Huntington. His Broadway credits include Present Laughter (Tony Award nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley, and Hedda Gabler. He is the recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards, three IRNE Awards, and a Connecticut Critics Circle Award, and received his training from Yale University.
Ilona Somogyi designed the Broadway production of Clybourne Park. She is a proud graduate of Yale School of Drama and is a member of its faculty
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen return to the Huntington having previously designed sound or music for Private Lives, How Shakespeare Won the West; Bang the Drum Slowly; Journey to the West; Hamlet; King Hedley II; Ah, Wilderness!; The Amen Corner; Jitney; and next season’s Good People.
Matthew Richards' previous Huntington credits include Third and What the Butler Saw.
Marti McIntosh previously worked on Betrayal, Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Captors, Observe the Sons of Ulster..., The Blue Demon, and Ten Unknowns for the Huntington.
Kathryn Most previously served as stage manager for the Huntington’s productions of Rapture, Blister, Burn; Good People; Candide; Sons of the Prophet; Circle Mirror Transformation; Stick Fly; and Maureen McGovern’s A Long and Winding Road, which she toured to Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Ms. Most began her association with the Huntington as the Calderwood Pavilion House Manager and has stage managed for various reading serie. She is currently the Calderwood Pavilion Events Coordinator.
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