Good People

In its final production on the Neuhaus Stage, before everything is packed up and moved over to the University of Houston for a year while home base is being retrofitted, the Alley Theatre presents David Lindsay Abaire’s Good People, a bitingly funny and ultimately serious look at the class divide. Alley Company members Elizabeth Bunch and Chris Hutchison, married in real life, will play opposite each other; she’s the suddenly unemployed Margie Walsh, who contacts her former lover, Mike, and Hutchison is that old flame, who is now a successful doctor. James Black directs and Jennifer Harmon (August Osage County) is back to play Margie’s friend Dottie, one of two people who urge Margie to tell Mike that her child, who was born prematurely, is his as a way of getting his help. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, Good People will have audience members divided about who they should be rooting for. “These characters are so intricately wrought,” Hutchison says. “All of these characters have pieces of each audience member that they will recognize. So I think sympathies change pretty dramatically from scene to scene and even moment to moment in allegiances and alliances. I would like to be a fly on the wall in the lobby.” And Bunch says: “It challenges the audience to admit you can’t be resolute in your allegiances. If you stick to that, you’re going to miss the story. You have to be willing to go where the story keeps ping-ponging you back and forth.”

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through June 29. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220--5700 or visit alleytheatre.org. $26 to $65.
Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: May 30. Continues through June 29, 2014

 
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