Good People Manhattan Theater Club

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. 

We went to see Good People last night, the latest production at MTC.  Great acting.  An incredible cast.  Always love seeing Frances McDourmand in theater or on the big screen and Estelle Parsons is hilarious.  I just didn't enjoy the actual play.

Perhaps there are times when you don't like the content or it makes you uncomfortable are the times you should consider sticking it out.  Thinking about what makes you uncomfortable about the content.  Many lessons are learned by putting yourself in a position where you have to listen to characters you just don't like.  But last night, at intermission, Fred turned to me and said "the acting is great but I can't stand any of the charcters and I know you hate them too….want to stay or go"?  Well based on the weeks that I have been having, all good but extremely busy, the thought of crawling into bed and falling asleep before 10pm was much more appealing than sitting through the rest of the play.   And so we went home.

The play is about a middle aged woman from Southie (Boston) who never got past a HS education, was knocked up and has a severly retarded daughter.  She finds herself without a job.  Making a visit to an old flings office who is now a very successful doctor thinking she can get a job.  Lives take many turns from High School and watching this woman, played by Frances McDourmand, pursue this doctor who was someone of the past to help toss her a lifeline just didn't do it for me.  There are more layers to the play but the characters and content just annoyed me. 

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.