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'Good People,' by David Lindsay-Abaire, coming to Geffen Playhouse

July 6, 2011 |  3:17 pm

Abaire "Good People," the latest play by David Lindsay-Abaire, was a recent critical and audience hit when it debuted on Broadway earlier this year in a production by the Manhattan Theatre Club. Audiences in L.A. will soon get a chance to experience Lindsay-Abaire's drama when it is presented at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012.

The Geffen said Wednesday that "Good People" will open April 11 and run through May 13. Set in the rough, working-class neighborhood of South Boston, the play follows Margie Walsh, a struggling single mother who is laid off from her job at a dollar store. During the course of the play, Margie tries scrounging for a living, hangs out with bingo buddies and seeks out an old boyfriend.

"Good People" is the final production to join the Geffen's already announced 2011-12 season.

On Broadway, "Good People" was directed by Daniel Sullivan and starred Frances McDormand, who won a Tony Award for her lead performance as Margie. (The production also received a nomination for best play, but lost to "War Horse.") The Geffen has not announced the creative team for its production of "Good People."

A film version of "Good People" is reportedly in the works, with the playwright adapting  his own drama for the screen and McDormand expected to return to the role of Margie.

Lindsay-Abaire's last play, "Rabbit Hole," was produced by the Geffen in 2006, with Amy Ryan in the lead role.


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Photo: David Lindsay-Abaire. Credit: Matt Carr / Getty Images