The individuals who populate Good People are not necessarily good, or bad, but they are all immensely human. The play, which opens at Walnut Street Theatre, on March 20, takes a look at what people will do get ahead in life, or at least try to make a go of it.
The setting is Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh, a single mother with a handicapped child has just lost her job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie decides to contact an old flame named Mike who made it out of Southie and is now a successful doctor. She thinks Mike can be her ticket to a fresh new start.
But her old sweetheart isn’t looking to get in touch with or acknowledge his past. He views himself as self-made man who made all the right choices. Maggie wants him to see things differently, and she’s willing she’ll resort to trickery to get her way.
Filled with complex characters, Good People takes a sharp look at the haves and have-nots. Smart, funny and suspenseful, it’s all about how real lives lived are far from simple.
Tickets are available online.
When: March 20–April 28
Where: Walnut Street Theater, 825 Walnut Street
More info: www.walnutstreettheatre.org