Good People


Writers: David Lindsay-Abaire


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Dark Comedy
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
present day (2011), south boston's lower end, chestnut hill massachusetts
Cast Size
Ideal for
professional/regional theater, community theater, small cast, mostly female cast
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, mature adult characters


Life in Boston’s Southie neighborhood is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job, facing eviction, she doesn’t know whether to risk it all on a game of bingo, or join a drunken old classmate on a warm bit of sidewalk. Will she catch a break from the cranky young manager at the Dollar Store or the landlady with a craft business selling googly-eyed rabbits? Or the man from her past, now a successful doctor, who left town at a crucial moment long ago? With wry humour and astonishing realism, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire creates both a loving portrait of his hometown and a widely relatable tale of socio-economic struggle. In the world of Good People, we see that very few can afford to be as good as they think they are, but acts of sacrifice and gestures of kindness come at the most surprising moments and from the most unexpected of sources.

Lead Characters