Pittsburgh Premiere of Good People, With Glynis Bell, Kelly McAndrew, January LaVoy, Opens Nov. 16
By Michael Gioia
Pittsburgh Public Theater continues its "Made in America" season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Good People, David Lindsay-Abaire's 2011 Tony-nominated play set in contemporary Boston. The production opens Nov. 16, following previews that began Nov. 8 at the company's O'Reilly Theater.
Directed by Tracy Brigden, the limited engagement continues through Dec. 9 in the heart of downtown's Cultural District.
The cast includes Kelly McAndrew (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Paul Terzenbach, Glynis Bell (My Fair Lady), Helen Coxe, David Whalen and January LaVoy (Enron).
In Good People, according to PPT, "things aren’t going well for South Boston single mom Margaret (McAndrew). She’s fired from the Dollar Store by manager Stevie (Terzenbach) and landlady Dottie (Bell) wants the rent. Then bingo pal, Jean (Coxe), tells Margaret that her old boyfriend, Mike (Whalen), has become a doctor and is living back in Boston. Thinking he might help her find a job, Margaret attends a party at the upscale home of Mike and his wife, Kate (LaVoy). What the evening turns into is both hilarious and heart-wrenching in this play about what contemporary Americans will do to survive."
The design team is Jeff Cowie (scenic), Michael Krass (costumes), Phil Monat (lighting), and Zach Moore (sound), Don Wadsworth (dialect coach), Fred Noel (production stage manager) and Alicia DeMara (assistant stage manager).
Playwright Lindsay-Abaire received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and five Tony nominations for his play Rabbit Hole, and he was nominated for a Grammy (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tonys (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for Shrek the Musical.
All plays in The Public's 2012-13 "Made in America" season are by American writers and set in cities across the United States. In addition, their themes illuminate the issues of the day, from money and class, to race and real estate, to equality and individual responsibility.
For more information and tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit PPT.org.
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