Good People Opens April 11 in L.A. Debut; Marylouise Burke, Jon Tenney, Jane Kaczmarek Star
By Kenneth Jones
Geffen Playhouse veterans Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle") and Jon Tenney ("The Closer") play former high school lovers in the West Coast premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, opening April 11 following previews from April 3 in Los Angeles.
There is some speculation that the play is a serious contender for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Director Matt Shakman's cast for the comedy-drama about a struggling South Boston single mother reaching to the other side of the tracks (to a prosperous old flame) also features Cherise Boothe (original cast of Ruined), Sara Botsford (Broadway's The Real Thing), Marylouise Burke (Broadway's Into the Woods and Is He Dead?, Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World, Kimberly Akimbo) and Brad Fleischer (Broadway's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo).
Shakman is the artistic director of L.A.'s Black Dahlia Theatre. The run plays to May 13.
"Kaczmarek takes on the role of Margie, while Tenney plays her old flame, Mike, who has moved on and married Kate, played by Boothe," according to Geffen notes. "Botsford, Burke and Fleischer bring the South Boston community to life as Margie’s friends Jean and Dottie and her former boss, Stevie."
Good People was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Play; Manhattan Theatre Club gave the play its world premiere in 2011. Lindsay-Abaire won the Pulitzer Prize for Rabbit Hole. Good People was named Best Play of the 2010-11 season by the New York Drama Critics Circle. Read more about playwright David Lindsay-Abaire in the Playbill Vault.
The L.A. production team includes set designer Craig Siebels, costume designer E.B. Brooks, lighting designer Elizabeth Harper, sound designer Jonathan Snipes, production stage manager Jill Gold and assistant stage manager Kyra Hansen.
For tickets and information, visit www.geffenplayhouse.com.
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