Good People “Kentwood Players Does Drama Well – “The Good People” Is Touching & Very Very Real!”
THE GEEK AUTHORITY By Lorenzo Marchessi
Hitting the New York stages in 2011 and receiving many awards and nominations for its poignant realism of life and the sometimes harsh cards we all are dealt with throughout life, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey-Abaire wrote “Good People” with the heart and soul of the human condition – from the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Set in South Boston, with a working-class neighborhood which falls on hard times, Margaret Walsh is fired from her job, facing eviction and with nowhere to turn, she and her grown, disabled daughter, represent a large portion of today's society. It's her past, present and evolving future that makes all these characters alive, interesting and dynamic.
Producer Susan Goldman Weisbarth and director by Gail Bernardi with a nice three set sectioned (and then a full living room) as designed by Doug Carlson and Scott Renfro, the play is very moving and filled with small moments of humor and lots of shocking surprises. All are performance driven and all very real and timely in today's questionable political environment.
Pic 001 – Top L. - Scot Renfro, Allison Reeves – Top R. - Melodie S. Rivers, Susan Stangl, Margie Bates – Bot. L. - Susan Stangl, Scot Renfro – Bot R. - Beau Smith, Susan Stangl