|Julie Czarnecki and Dan Olmstead|
Walnut Street Theatre, located at 825 Walnut Street, is presenting the Philadelphia premiere of Tony-Award nominated Good People. The play will run on WST’s Mainstage through April 28. Set in Southie, a blue collar neighborhood of Boston as well as in Chestnut Hill, an upscale neighborhood in MA, the production explores the choices we make and how they can affect our entire lives. A poignant, yet wildly funny comedy, Good People takes the audience on a roller coaster ride with Julie Czarnecki, portraying Marge, in the front seat. Down on her luck with more strikes against her than 2 innings of baseball, Marge sees a glimmer of hope in catching up with Dan Olmstead who portrays Mike, an old flame from Southie who has “made it big.” The audience is treated to the plots of Marge, the plot twists of playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, the plot thickens suspense that arises on more than one occasion and the questionable plot resolution of the play itself. Despite the performance’s intensity and the incredible urge of the audience to champion first one character’s needs and then another’s, there is laughter a-plenty. Sharon Alexander, as Dottie, Danielle Herbert, as Kate, Jered McLenigan as Stevie and Denise Whelan portraying Jean round out the rest of this very talented ensemble cast. Scenic Designer Robert Klingelhoefer deserves special mention for his cleverly designed sets which rotate on a 350 carousel and are changed out of sight of the audience. For more information or tickets, call 215-574-3550, 800-982-2787 or visit online at www.walnutstreettheatre.org.