The play “Good People” entertains audience

by Associate Life Editor Monday Sanderson

People did not pack the George Lindsey Theatre Friday night, but the Theatre Department treated those who came to a riveting production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People.”

When I went to the play, I had no clue what to expect. I read a synopsis of it but that did not prepare me for how it would look when actors performed it.

The play follows Margaret Walsh as she struggles to find a job after her boss fires her. She discovers her ex-boyfriend Mike became a doctor and she goes to him for help.

This play covered different topics. It starts with a woman losing her job and realizing how difficult it is to get another one. It also covers the idea of trying to get the best out of life and how people can change once they do.

As a word of caution, there are many scenes where there is profanity. In one instance, a character used the N-word, but it was not done with ill intent. This did not take away from the play. It made it more natural.

One of the most interesting things the production team did was play a recording before the play began. The recording was of people from Southie, a city in Boston where the play takes place, speaking about their experiences in their hometown. This not only set the tone of the play, but it also helped place people in the city.

The first scene was powerful. It starts with Margaret telling a funny story, but it soon becomes serious when her boss has to fire her. This scene was one of the most dramatic of the night and it occurred within the first few minutes. When Margaret threw her chair, it startled me. It should not have considering how angry she was, but the change in attitudes was drastic.

Despite how serious the play can get, it is a comedy. Certain scenes and characters had most people in the theatre laughing.

One of the characters who did this was Jean, Margaret’s best friend. While she can be abrasive at times and also racist, she is protective of Margaret. She wants Margaret to stop being “nice” and to take care of herself. She is also the most rambunctious of the characters. My favorite scenes with her are when she is in a bingo hall with most of the other characters. She takes the game seriously and she is funny to watch when she loses.

In the previous article about the play, the actors said they had trouble with the Boston accent since this was their first time working with one. However, the actors’ accents never faltered throughout the play.

Since this was opening night, there were a few issues. One of the photos Mike used for a prop kept falling. However, the actor used the photo while gesturing, and propped it back up. Another instance which occurred was a sound piece which dropped onto the ground. The actors were able to ignore it and carried on with the scene.

This play is worth seeing. The actors are fun to watch as they portray these characters. They have a great bond and they work well with each other and the comedic moments are balanced well with the dramatic moments.