We are born into differing sets of advantages and disadvantages. When two people come from the same close-knit environment, those differences may be slight, amounting to luck or chance. But what do our choices, or our relative abundance of luck, say about who we really are? Does making something of yourself, in terms of aspiring toward and succeeding at the American dream, reflect a moral or ethical superiority over those who don’t? In Good People playwright David Lindsay-Abaire asks us to consider some of these different outcomes and questions. A new production of the work, a collaboration between Ironweed Productions and Santa Fe Playhouse, opens with a preview on Thursday, July 10.
Lifelong South Boston resident Margaret (played in this production by Lynn Goodwin), a woman of about 50, gets fired from the Dollar Store and then, at the prodding of her friends Jean (Donna Scheer) and Dottie (Leslie Harrell Dillen), goes to see her childhood pal Mike (Scott Harrison), a successful endocrinologist, about the possibility of a job. Their old connection is still there, but they are communicating across a great divide. The play is driven by conversation and moves quickly, revealing the characters a little bit more in each scene, until finally secrets come out, are denied, and then, somewhat obliquely, confirmed.
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