Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is accustomed to finding the humor in gloomy, unusual, and uncomfortable situations. From his mind has sprouted the grief of parents who have lost a child in the show Rabbit Hole, and the drama unfolding from characters' bizarre medical conditions in shows including Kimberly Akimbo and Fuddy Meers.
Expect his latest hit, Good People, which opens at GableStage this Saturday, 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.
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Good People 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 anemic 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 verite theater that GableStage so excels at producing. It's hard to top director Joseph Adler's A-list cast: Stephen G. Anthony, Barbara Bradshaw, Clay Cartland, Elizabeth Dimon, Renata Eastlick, and Laura Turnbull.
The show opens this Saturday, July 20, and show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. GableStage is at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. Tickets cost $37.50-$50. Call 305-445-1119 or visit gablestage.org.