Good People at Riverside Theatre Through February 16 | The Award-Winning Play Explores Social Class, Love, and the Reality of Life in America

Actors Tim Budd, Mallory Raven Ellen Backstrom, and Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers. Photo by Bob Goodfellow.

Riverside Theatre is currently showing the witty, gritty, award-winning play Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. Set in South Boston, the play follows the struggles of sharp-tongued character Margie Walsh and runs through February 16. There will be a Talkback event on Friday, February 7, after the show.

When Margie, played by Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she asks for help from her old flame Mike, played by Tim Budd, a Southie boy who left the neighborhood and became a doctor, settling down in the upper-class community of Chestnut Hill. 

Margie believes that her misfortunes are the result of bad luck and circumstances, while Mike believes that his success is solely the result of his own hard work. In a review on Hoopla, Rob Cline says, “Good People is a play about self-definition, about the ways in which we take comfort in the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and what we are willing to do or to forego in defense of those stories. It is also a play about the roles of luck, determination, kindness, and selfishness in our lives.”

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Margie’s colorful best friends and regular bingo night keep her fighting spirit strong. Photo by Bob Goodfellow.

This witty, smart, and funny play is directed by Ron Clark.

For tickets or more information about Riverside’s production of Good People, visit