Good People | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Good People The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 2 2015

If you can endure the talky, repetitive, largely unnecessary first act of David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 play, you hit pay dirt in act two. Middle-aged, newly unemployed Margie, who’s lived all her life in hardscrabble South Boston, has lousy prospects: she’s saddled with a severely developmentally delayed daughter, a truncated education, and an impolitic mouth. Hoping for a job, she shows up at the home of Mike, a childhood friend who’s now a physician, and his privileged African-American wife. Once Margie starts hinting at Mike’s irresponsible, racist past, all kinds of bourgeois suburban hell breaks loose. It’s gripping stuff—volatile, provocative, infuriating, heartbreaking—and director Matt Hawkins’s fine cast hit just about all the right notes in this Redtwist production. It's a great half play. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30-$35, $5 off students and seniors

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