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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
Thingamajig Theatre Company enters its final weekend of the 2013 Summer Season with their critically acclaimed co-production (Abster Productions) of “Good People,” running tonight through Sept. 1 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
“I’m not surprised that patrons enjoy the story as much as they do,” said director John Ashton, “but I’m humbled by the praise they’ve given the production. ‘Good People’ is a new play, without widespread name recognition outside of the theatre community, but we’ve had a nice turnout for the performances. Audiences continue to walk into the gallery at the conclusion of the show blown away by the acting and story. The play is an emotional roller coaster — the first act slowly climbs up the enormous hill, each scene building in anticipation of the second act, which is a ‘dare you to take your hands off the bar,’ blazing fast ride over the summit. I urge people to attend this weekend. We’ve had offers to extend the run at other venues after their producers saw our production, but there’s no extending this one, due to actor commitments with other shows. This weekend is it. Move it or lose it!”
In South Boston, this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued, single mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start in this humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate determine our path.
The play explores complex social questions about class, luck, and escaping our roots with terrific energy and razor-sharp humor. Thingamajig’s production addresses these questions with humor and grace. Don’t miss it.
Thingamajig Theatre Company and Abster Productions present “Good People” at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts tonight at 7 p.m. Shows continue through Sept. 1, Thursday–Saturday at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.