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David Lindsay-Abaire's window on his old neighborhood

May 7, 2011 |  8:00 am

Goodpeople Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire won't be deciding in advance where he'd keep his Tony statuette should he win for "Good People." He received a nomination for best play on Tuesday for the work, which takes place in the blue-collar South Boston area where he grew up.

This is his third time at the altar with Tony, having been nominated previously for "Shrek" and  "Rabbit Hole."

"I've lost to a Brit every time," Lindsay-Abaire says philosophically, referring to the musical "Billy Elliot" and the drama "History Boys." He acknowledged the stiff competition this year from "War Horse," a transfer from London's West End. ("Jerusalem," also a London import, and "The Mother… With the Hat" by American Stephen Adly Guirgis round out the best play category.)

He says he'll go to the awards on June 12 with hope and resignation.

"It's nice to be on the list, and I especially love that Southie is represented," he says. "That means a lot."

For Patrick Pacheco's complete story on Lindsay-Abaire, click here.


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Above: Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan in David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People." Credit: Joan Marcus