Contributed photoLisa Franklin, Kathleen Carey, Angela Potrikus.

NEW LEBANON — Good People by Davis Lindsay-Abaie, is set in the South Boston blue-collar neighborhood where the playwright himself grew up. We meet our protagonist, Margie Walsh, when she is let go from yet another job and faces eviction. She decides to appeal to an old summer flame who has become a wealthy doctor and has left his gritty Southie past behind. Lindsay-Abaire offers us both quiet emotional depth and his carefully observed humor in this exploration of life in America when you’re down and out living a paycheck behind. This 2011 Best Broadway play nominee is a Berkshire County premier sure to loosen audiences up with spontaneous laughter while telling Margie’s compassionate story that reveals strength of hope when faced with economic hardships.

The theater announces that Phil Rice has returned to direct this provocative comedy to close the 37th summer season at the ‘Barn. Rice is remembered most recently for his critically acclaimed production of God of Carnage and Witness For the Prosecution. Rice has assembled a talented troupe of actors including ‘Barn alumni and regional actress, Kathleen Carey playing Margie from Southie. Joining Carey are regional actors Christopher Brophy, Lisa Franklin, Kim Wafer and Barn’ alumni Angela Potrikus and Joseph Sicotte.

Performances of Good People start Sept. 9 and runs through Sept. 19. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays at the fully air-conditioned Theater Barn. Tickets are $33 for the evening performances and $30 for the Sunday matinees. Purchase tickets or make reservations at www.theaterbarn.com. Don’t miss this popular comedy as we continue to keep theater affordable to ALL and offer young artists a place to grow.

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