by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Cheryl King
“Good People” is the story of Margie, a tough middle-aged “Southie” from the wrong part of Boston, who loses her job and is one Bingo game away from homelessness. Reaching out to an old flame—now a successful doctor—Margie risks all as she tries to find a fresh start. An insightful comedy of class and culture, darkly funny and sweetly tender.
As in his previous Broadway drama, (the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Rabbit Hole” which Bas Bleu presented in 2012), Lindsay-Abaire has everyone behave exactly in character, without any plot-bending, credibility-stretching manipulations on the part of its author.
VIDEO:Director of Photography and Video Editing-Steve Finnestead; Written, Directed, VO, Sound Design-Jay Benedict Brown
PHOTOS:Courtesy of Steve Finnestead
“Good People” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Live Theatre Excellence – A Review by Michael Buckley
Entering the Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins, the first person I encountered was a
very friendly and personable ticket seller. The next person was Wendy Ishii,
Artistic Director. She gave a warm welcome to everyone who had come to see the
performance of “Good People,” a play set in South Boston’s Lower End, neighbor-
hood affectionately called “Southie;” also in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
“Sit back and enjoy the show,” Wendy said.
Our attention went immediately to the stage and a creative and profession-
al set design we set our eyes upon. The opening scene depicted an alley behind
a Dollar Store. There were five scenes to follow. Each scene transition was
handled methodically and smoothly. A real team effort in action.
As the performers began to appear and the “Good People” storyline began to
unfold, one could easily witness rank armatures/professionals giving their all in
portraying their individual characters. Eye-catching facial expressions, deter-
mine script delivery, driven emotions behind the delivered lines, appropriate
pauses, physical behavior patterns in accordance with the meaning of the story
situation and scene, wittiness of the characters, all contributed to the realness
of “Good People.”
Characters experienced inner battles and outer battles as the story progressed. A
couple of times there were almost physical encounters as the characters stood
their ground to make points. “Good People” was filled with surprises, rough
language of the time and culture and acts of kindness. Life on life’s terms kind of
sums it up. Overall, “Good People” covered the gambit of life’s ups and downs,
successes and failures, should have, shouldn’t have, what ifs and all the rest.
There was excellence in character portrayals, direction, scenery and changes and
overall performances. Many of the audience I chatted with after the show, were
of the same opinion. Personally, I found the show to be most entertaining and in-
structive about life and living. Not as it ought to be; but as life is…
Be sure to visit www.basbleu.org or call 970-498-8949 for information & tickets
for coming shows. You will be glad you did!
Submitted by: Michael Buckley