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“Good People” Opens in May

Submitted by on April 25, 2019 – 4:00 pm

(L to R) Gwynnethe Glickman, Eliza Volpicelli, and Sarah Durning rehearse for “Good People”

Northern Essex Community College’s Topnotch Players’ newest production, David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” takes a look at love, life, and class struggle.

Co-directed by NECC theater professor Brianne Beatrice and NECC Liberal Arts major student Christian Doyle of Newburyport, “Good People” depicts the life of a woman named Margie Walsh who is down on her luck in blue-collar Southie.

Abaire portrays Margie as a tough woman who just can’t catch a break, and can barely make ends meet. When the opportunity arises for her to reconnect with an old fling who made something of himself, she risks it all and thinks that he could be the ticket she needs to a new beginning.

Abaire’s insights of class and comedy is both wryly funny and touching. A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Abaire has created a loving ode to his hometown of Southie, while simultaneously pulling back a curtain on the socio-economic struggles many face.

The play will run Thursday, May 2, at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3 & 4 at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, May 4 & 5 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 and $10 for students. It will be held in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor in the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

For additional information, contact Beatrice at