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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.
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DC Metro Theatre Arts Review
“David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, is a blazing success and a welcome reminder that misfortune can bring with it unexpected gifts. … It will bring you straight to the essence of what it is to be human, right here, right now.”
MD Theatre Guide Review
“… the scenes between Susan Marie Rhea and Mike Kozemchak push this play into the must-see category. They have wit and brutality in equal doses. Director Josh Sticklin has helped his cast find that sweet spot that holds an audience rapt …”
Broadway World Review
“The gritty absurdities of Good People ring wicked true, class distinctions scraping up against each other until sparks inevitably fly. Keegan’s production, directed by Josh Sticklin, is, for the most part, taut and tart, and the solid cast makes these conflicted characters wonderfully real to us.”
WTOP: Keegan Presents GOOD PEOPLE to Kick Off 25th Anniversary Season
“Dupont Circle’s prolific Keegan Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary season. “Twenty five years is a huge bench mark for any theater anywhere,” Artistic Director Susan Marie Rhea told WTOP …”
Washington Post: Keegan Aims to Confound Expectations with GOOD PEOPLE
“Is live theater a useful vehicle for tackling issues of racism, sexism and inequality? Josh Sticklin, the associate producer at Washington’s Keegan Theatre, thinks so, but not in the way …”
DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. His play Good People premiered on Broadway, and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. TCG named Mr. Lindsay-Abaire as the most produced playwright in America for the 2012-13 season, and Good People as the most produced play. His previous play, Rabbit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned Mr. Lindsay-Abaire the Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire’s other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman — Oscar Nomination), Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, and MGM’s upcoming Poltergeist reboot, among others.