By David Lindsay-Abaire
Presented by Generic Theater
Margie Walsh is fired from her job at The Dollar Store in South Boston for chronic lateness. In her fifties, living paycheck to paycheck, and the single mother of a thirty-year-old mentally disabled daughter, she is suddenly faced with destitution unless she can quickly find another job. At a friend’s suggestion, she pays a visit to an old high school flame, Mikey Dillon, now a doctor with a practice in the city. She hasn’t seen him for thirty years, but Mikey has always been “good people” and she is desperate. Arriving unannounced, she finagles an invitation to his upcoming birthday party at his home in Chestnut Hill, where she hopes to network with his colleagues. When he later calls to tell her that the party has been cancelled because his daughter is sick, Margie assumes he’s simply trying to brush her off, fearing he will embarrass both herself and him in front of his middle-class friends. Undaunted, she decides to surprise him and go anyway, confronting him with his past.
Shrewdly using Margie as an example of “how choices can make or break us, and how the smallest twists of fate can determine our path," David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People examines our stereotypes of class and class loyalty, and our assumption about race. Are our fates decided by our character or by circumstances beyond our control? Or both? Are the poor the agents of their own destiny or victims of a system that doesn’t care about them? And what do we owe to those we grew up with and were once close to? By turns, funny and poignant, Good People achieves both a deeper understanding of the complex situation of its characters and reveals a genuine compassion for them.
Over its thirty-five years, Generic Theater has produced close to a hundred plays, ranging from original, absurdist, and eccentric one-acts in its early days to full-blown productions of award-winning Broadway plays, adaptations, and little-known works. From its origins as a group of friends who felt the urge to make theater, even though none of them had any training, Generic Theater has never been afraid to take risks.
November 10 - 26
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.