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Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire

Performance Network Theatre
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb/Mar 2013

Michigan Premiere

 "This PNT production is directed by Artistic Director  David Wolber , who is always so stalwart in clearing a path to a play’s true meaning. His cast is wonderful and their dialog is perfect. One of the tricks that makes this script so funny – and Wolber’s cast gets it – is their way of tossing out frank, horribly judgmental pronouncements without an ounce of self-reflection. No well-bred politically correct person would do that. But in south Boston, it’s all good." -  Patty Nolan, Examiner.com

"This PNT production is directed by Artistic Director David Wolber, who is always so stalwart in clearing a path to a play’s true meaning. His cast is wonderful and their dialog is perfect. One of the tricks that makes this script so funny – and Wolber’s cast gets it – is their way of tossing out frank, horribly judgmental pronouncements without an ounce of self-reflection. No well-bred politically correct person would do that. But in south Boston, it’s all good." - Patty Nolan, Examiner.com

 "Director  David Wolber  gives it the production it deserves at Performance Network. Rooted in place and time, "Good People" resounds far and deeply; even if you've never suffered a devastating job loss or been close to someone who has, you're hooked. [It starts with] a strong opening scene, beautifully directed, with tension and pathos and what Margie herself might call a bleepload of humor. That's the thing about "Good People." It has enough laughs to qualify as a comedy, enough working-class realism to qualify as kitchen sink drama, enough hard luck to flirt with tragedy, sufficient plot to keep an audience wondering what will happen next." -  Martin F. Kohn, Encoremichigan.com

"Director David Wolber gives it the production it deserves at Performance Network. Rooted in place and time, "Good People" resounds far and deeply; even if you've never suffered a devastating job loss or been close to someone who has, you're hooked. [It starts with] a strong opening scene, beautifully directed, with tension and pathos and what Margie herself might call a bleepload of humor. That's the thing about "Good People." It has enough laughs to qualify as a comedy, enough working-class realism to qualify as kitchen sink drama, enough hard luck to flirt with tragedy, sufficient plot to keep an audience wondering what will happen next." - Martin F. Kohn, Encoremichigan.com

 "'Good People,' which is getting a remarkable staging at Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre, premiered on Broadway in 2011.  Director  David Wolber  hits all the right notes as "Good People" explores chance, choices and class differences. The play approaches life's challenges much the way Margie does: with understandable bitterness laced with refreshing optimism and humor." -  John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

"'Good People,' which is getting a remarkable staging at Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre, premiered on Broadway in 2011.  Director David Wolber hits all the right notes as "Good People" explores chance, choices and class differences. The play approaches life's challenges much the way Margie does: with understandable bitterness laced with refreshing optimism and humor." - John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

 "Performance Network's 'Good People' is better than good. Patrons should be warned that these Southie characters are foul-mouthed at times, not to mention politically incorrect. But playwright Lindsay-Abaire grew up in this penurious world, and its depiction feels wholly genuine. Plus, director  David Wolber  and his actors make it seem as though the characters don’t say these things with a sense of malice—not usually, anyway—but rather, they say them because it’s the only lexicon they have. And even though we’re still in the first months of 2013, “Good People” has already earned a place in my heart as one of the year’s highlights in local theater." -  Jenn McKee, AnnArbor.com

"Performance Network's 'Good People' is better than good. Patrons should be warned that these Southie characters are foul-mouthed at times, not to mention politically incorrect. But playwright Lindsay-Abaire grew up in this penurious world, and its depiction feels wholly genuine. Plus, director David Wolber and his actors make it seem as though the characters don’t say these things with a sense of malice—not usually, anyway—but rather, they say them because it’s the only lexicon they have. And even though we’re still in the first months of 2013, “Good People” has already earned a place in my heart as one of the year’s highlights in local theater." - Jenn McKee, AnnArbor.com

 "Director  David Wolber  doggedly cultivates a quicksand world of keenly felt economic hardship that reflects a growing percentage of Americans, forcing his characters to make daily decisions that cruelly pit kindness against basic self-preservation. Incredibly, though, the show proves as viciously humorous as it is viciously relevant, and this production achieves its purpose by setting each of those disparate bars high and pulling out all the stops." -  Carolyn Hayes, Rogue Critic

"Director David Wolber doggedly cultivates a quicksand world of keenly felt economic hardship that reflects a growing percentage of Americans, forcing his characters to make daily decisions that cruelly pit kindness against basic self-preservation. Incredibly, though, the show proves as viciously humorous as it is viciously relevant, and this production achieves its purpose by setting each of those disparate bars high and pulling out all the stops." - Carolyn Hayes, Rogue Critic

 "The poignant, powerful play, 'Good People,' written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by  David Wolber , played to a packed house at the Performance Network Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor Friday evening and nary a soul was disappointed. Chances are that you or someone close to you has experienced a scenario similar to Margie’s and are struggling with the same issues both emotionally and financially. If so, you will find 'Good People' cathartic, intense and moving." -  Jeff Brown, Purple Walrus Press

"The poignant, powerful play, 'Good People,' written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by David Wolber, played to a packed house at the Performance Network Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor Friday evening and nary a soul was disappointed. Chances are that you or someone close to you has experienced a scenario similar to Margie’s and are struggling with the same issues both emotionally and financially. If so, you will find 'Good People' cathartic, intense and moving." - Jeff Brown, Purple Walrus Press

 "PNT's well-crafted production is directed by  David Wolber . 'Good People' is a comedy with an unsettling heart. It begins leisurely, stoked by a steady laugh track. It ends with a torrent of emotion, proving that behind every good circus clown, there exists a wellspring of sadness, failure, and regret. In telling Margie's story, PNT has fashioned a winner that is not to be missed." - Daniel Skora, New Monitor

"PNT's well-crafted production is directed by David Wolber. 'Good People' is a comedy with an unsettling heart. It begins leisurely, stoked by a steady laugh track. It ends with a torrent of emotion, proving that behind every good circus clown, there exists a wellspring of sadness, failure, and regret. In telling Margie's story, PNT has fashioned a winner that is not to be missed." - Daniel Skora, New Monitor

  Good People  by David Lindsay-Abaire Director - David Wolber  Margaret - Suzi Regan* Stevie - Logan Ricket Dottie - Ruth Crawford* Jean - MaryJo Cuppone* Mike - Alex Leydenfrost* Kate - Qamara Black  Stage Manager - Anna Simmons Assistant Stage Manager - Liz Picurro Set and light design - Daniel C. Walker Costume design - Christa Koerner Sound design - Carla Milarch Props design - Stefanie Din   *member Actor Equity Association photos by  Sean Carter      

Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Director - David Wolber

Margaret - Suzi Regan*
Stevie - Logan Ricket
Dottie - Ruth Crawford*
Jean - MaryJo Cuppone*
Mike - Alex Leydenfrost*
Kate - Qamara Black

Stage Manager - Anna Simmons
Assistant Stage Manager - Liz Picurro
Set and light design - Daniel C. Walker
Costume design - Christa Koerner
Sound design - Carla Milarch
Props design - Stefanie Din

*member Actor Equity Association
photos by Sean Carter