Monday, February 11, 2013

Play Review: Good People at Arena Stage

It's no secret that Boston is my favorite city. I love the Revolutionary War, and the Red Sox; heck, even the Patriots are my back-up team when the Redskins fail to make the playoffs. Unsurprisingly, Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies. Vintage Ben Affleck and Matt Damon... *sigh*

Good People, now playing at Arena Stage, reminds me of why I love Good Will Hunting so much. Set mainly on the south side of Boston, Good People focuses on the life of Margaret Walsh (played by Johanna Day), a struggling single mother. Equal parts thought provoking and comical, Good People brings difficult topics to the spotlight, and does it well. Throughout the play, I was either laughing at well-delivered and well-timed one liners or eerily silent and enthralled at the dialogue.

I left the theater mesmerized, and telling everyone I knew to go see this play. Upon further research, I am not surprised that Johanna Day is a Tony-nominated actress; she really brought Margie to life and I wanted to help this woman, or at the very least, give her a hug. While minor, what is most impressive to me is Johanna's wicked awesome accent; she never slips.

This poingnant drama will not disappoint; in fact, the New York Drama Critics' Circle named it best play during its run on Broadway. My play-date for the evening, John Michael, is a trained actor, and he was beyond impressed with Good People. I am by no means an expert critic, so him sharing my opinion cemented my opinion of this PHENOMENAL play.

If you are looking for a great date night, or are like me and just appreciate a great play, go purchase tickets to Good People immediately. It is playing at Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater now through March 10.

Happy Viewing,


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