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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:51

MTC Announces 2nd Extension for GOOD PEOPLE and New Dates for MASTER CLASS






Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand, a second extension for Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE, the critically acclaimed new American play directed by Daniel Sullivan. Tickets to the limited engagement are now on sale through Sunday, May 29. The production had previously been on sale through Sunday, May 8.

Due to the extension of GOOD PEOPLE, MTC is announcing a revised schedule for the new Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, featuring Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess and Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly.

MASTER CLASS will now begin previews Tuesday, June 14 with opening night set for Thursday, July 7. Tickets to the limited engagement of MASTER CLASS are now on sale through Sunday, August 14.

GOOD PEOPLE opened on Thursday, March 3 to rave reviews from critics and enthusiastic responses from audiences.

Below is a sampling of the reviews for GOOD PEOPLE:

“David Lindsay-Abaire’s very fine new play is one of the most surprising treats of the season directed with a skillful hand by Daniel Sullivan. The first rate cast that inhabits this play is among the most fully human residents of Broadway these days. Frances McDormand is illuminating. Tate Donovan is excellent, he makes his character an artful study in willed amnesia.”

n  Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Hilarious! A tough and tender play about the class divide. No one can peel their eyes away from the cast. Estelle Parsons’ raucous performance is a delight while Patrick Carroll gives a sweetheart of a performance. If GOOD PEOPLE isn't a hit, there's no justice in the land. "

n  Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“A wonderfully funny new play that is poignant, brave, and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck.”

n  Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“GOOD PEOPLE is great theatre! Featuring a pitch perfect cast that bristles with edgy truth. Frances McDormand is mesmerizing and Tate Donovan is sensational and Renée Elise Goldsberry nicely plays her character with passion and restraint. The production is skillfully plotted and designed by John Lee Beatty, David Zinn, and Pat Collins. Good plays entertain, but GOOD PEOPLEis even better, it’s an engrossing and enlightening play that makes you think and feel as well.”

n  Roma Torre, NY1

êêêêê (highest rating). GOOD PEOPLE is the most substantial new Broadway play in years with a first-rate cast.”

n  Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“Grade: A-! GOOD PEOPLE is a remarkable and timely new play featuring a standout performance by Frances McDormand in a role of great complexity and subtlety. Becky Ann Baker is terrific under Daniel Sullivan’s crisp direction.

n  Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly


Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo… where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills… and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.

With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Together, David Lindsay-Abaire and MTC have brought four outstanding new plays to the New York stage. Their most recent collaboration with director Daniel Sullivan, Rabbit Hole, earned a Tony Award and garnered Lindsay-Abaire the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The creative team for GOOD PEOPLE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design), Charlotte Fleck (dialect coach), and David Caparelliotis (casting).

GOOD PEOPLE was commissioned through MTC’s Bank of America Commissioning Program. 

Special funding for GOOD PEOPLE was provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

GOOD PEOPLE is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.


Terrence McNally’s award-winning play about Maria Callas takes us to one of her famous master classes where, late in her own career, she challenges the next generation to make the same sacrifices and dare to rise to the same heights she did, making her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her times.

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Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

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Tickets for GOOD PEOPLE are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices for GOOD PEOPLE are $57 – $126.


Please note GOOD PEOPLE is dark on Mondays:

·            THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 3: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·            MONDAY, APRIL 4 – SUNDAY, APRIL 10: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

·            MONDAY, APRIL 11 – SUNDAY, MAY 29 *INCLUDING EXTENSION WEEKS*: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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