1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Region: South Dade
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is accustomed to finding the humor in gloomy, unusual, and uncomfortable situations, from the grief of parents who have lost a child (Rabbit Hole) to the drama unfolding from characters’ bizarre medical conditions (Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers). Expect his latest hit, Good People, to strike a few comic notes of its own, but this South Boston-set yarn is also tough as a Red Sox catcher’s mitt, and it cuts right to the bone of America’s class disparity and the turns of fate that separate the winners from the losers, the comfortable bourgeois from the fired dollar-store cashiers. Margie, the protagonist of Good People, falls into the latter category. A single mom suddenly devoid of her pittance, she reconnects with an old flame who has since become a vaunted physician. She schemes for a way to rebuild her life by inviting herself to his house party, which turns out to be nothing like she expected. When it opened to mostly raves on Broadway in 2011, Good People scored two Tony nominations, and it looks like just the sort of provocative, funny, hard-hitting example of vérité theater that GableStage (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables) so excels at producing. It’s difficult to top director Joseph Adler’s A-list cast: Stephen G. Anthony, Barbara Bradshaw, Clay Cartland, Elizabeth Dimon, Renata Eastlick, and Laura Turnbull.
Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Starts: July 20. Continues through Aug. 18, 2013