Good People: ★★★★ from The Telegraph
Posted on 6 March 2014.
Posted in: Theatre Reviews
Good People Review
By Charles Spencer, Telegraph
‘This new piece is tough, genuinely funny and often deeply moving.
Imelda Staunton, all five foot nothing of her, gives a performance of engaging energy, resilience and wit that really has you rooting for her character, as well as moments of sudden desolation when all the wind goes out of her sails – though never for long.
And Jonathan Kent, who directed Staunton in Sweeney Todd, has come up with a taut, superbly acted production, deftly designed by Hildegard Bechtler.
Lloyd Owen brings a touch of darkness to the role of the doctor, Angel Coulby is excellent as the wife who has his number, and there is terrific support from June Watson as Margie’s malign land-lady and Matthew Barker as the dollar store manger who everyone thinks is gay because he likes playing bingo.
There are shades of Mamet in the rat-a-tat dialogue, but Lindsay-Abaire has a bigger and more generous heart.’