- By David Lindsay-Abaire
A Sharp Comedy About Changing Your Fortune
“Embodied with an ideal balance of expertise and empathy” —The New York Times
Enter South Boston, where paychecks hardly make the rent and a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo. When Margie finds herself down on her luck, she looks up an old fling who is now a successful doctor in the hopes of finding a job—but things don’t go quite as planned. A shrewd, character-driven comedy with Margie at its centre, Good People asks why some people manage to escape from the situations into which they are born—and some don’t.
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission
"I enjoyed this play so much, I felt that I was watching real people, not actors. Everyone in the cast was great, but Margie was amazing. There were so many laughs, but also some poignant moments. The staging was incredible. They would move in a whole room and it would join another room set-up, making it look permanent. I would recommend this play to everyone."
"I enjoy most of the Stanley productions–some more than others. I had no expectations for this one, and I enjoyed it immensely. Outstanding character development, great acting by all, and a more unique storyline than most. Still thinking about it today!"
"Absolutely thought provoking, funny and so well done! If you ever came from the 'wrong' side of the tracks or grew up poor, this really makes you think about how you make your own chances in life and who really decides your destiny. SO GOOD!"
"Colleen Wheeler gave a particularly powerful performance. Loved this play, this production, every performer. Wow–such great material, thought provoking!"
"Excellent show. Margaret (Colleen Wheeler) seemed to be so real, I forgot I was at a performance. All the actors were brilliant–the little movements of their bodies and glances and raising of their eyes were so real. The staging, lighting, and sound effects made the whole show brilliant."
–Susan, North Vancouver
"What a fantastic show. Colleen Wheeler had an outstanding performance, as well as the rest of the cast. The set designer did a wonderful job of using the stage. They really gave the audience a sense of scene change."
–Hollie, North Vancouver
"Superb. A significant reflection on the discrepancy of circumstances for individuals living in today's cities."
–Phillipa, West Vancouver
"Scintillating dialogue coupled with innovative set designs transports the audience to Southie. It is a funny and emotional ride you will not soon forget."
"Two knock-out productions in a row! I loved Onegin and adored Good People. The latter was a very well-written play presented by a cast who really dug in and brought their characters to vivid life. Patti Allen will surely get a Jessie nod for her work as Dottie. Still, everyone was excellent. Finally, thanks for spending the money to create the intricate and detailed set. Wow!"
"Excellent play! Well done! Very thought–provoking. We talked about it all the way home. Thanks!!!"
"Good People was excellent on all levels. The actors were engaging and believable and the stagecraft was exceptional! I loved how two of the sets (Margie's apartment and Mikey's office) were two pieces that fit together and were mirror images of each other. The story itself asked some hard questions in an unexpected way and every character had depth."
- Colleen Wheeler as Margaret
- Patti Allan as Dottie
- Scott Bellis as Mike
- Ben Elliott as Stevie
- Jenn Griffin as Jeanne
- Sereana Malani as Kate
- Director Rachel Ditor
- Set Designer Lauchlin Johnston
- Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre
- Lighting Designer Adrian Muir
- Sound Designer Murray Price
- Stage Manager Peter Jotkus
- Assistant Stage Manager Rebecca Mulvihill