Good People: ★★★★ from Metro
Posted on 11 March 2014.
Posted in: Theatre Reviews
Hampstead Theatre’s run of excellent plays continues with David Lindsay-Abaire’s grittily comic examination of class, Good People
A few years ago, Hampstead Theatre was stuck in the creative doldrums. Under artistic director Edward Hall, however, it has undergone a rebirth and once again become a reliable source of sparkling scripts and great casts.
The venue’s run of excellent form continues with David Lindsay-Abaire’s grittily comic examination of class, luck and moral goodness in working-class South Boston, or Southie, as it’s known to its residents.
The script’s rare blend of pathos and satirical poise is perfectly realised in Jonathan Kent’s beautifully acted production. The scene in which Imelda Staunton’s big-hearted but destructively straight-talking Margaret goes to confront Mike (Lloyd Owen) and his wife, Kate (Angel Coulby), in their palatial home is a masterpiece of spiky social comedy.