‘Good People’ captures Southie

From left, Nancy E. Carroll, Karen MacDonald and Johanna Day star in “Good People.”

The pride of South Boston is on full display in the Huntington’s extraordinary “Good People.”

For years, the entertainment industry’s finest talents have tried, unsuccessfully, to capture the accent, attitude and essence of Southie. This ensemble, under the impeccable direction of Kate Whoriskey, does it so flawlessly it looks effortless.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that playwright David Lindsay-Abaire hails from South Boston. Beneath the missing R’s and the chaotic lives seen in “Good People” is a sense of honor and code of ethics that fuel their existence, imbuing them with an almost indefinable sense of pride. 

Local stage vets Karen Mac-Donald and Nancy E. Carroll look like they’ve rolled right off the No. 9 bus in their outrageously authentic portrayals of Bingo-playing Southie girls. Johanna Day is stellar as the down-on-her-luck Southie lifer whose job search wreaks havoc in exotic places like Chestnut Hill. Nick Westrate quietly turns in a poignant performance as a young man living in the shadow of his legendary mother, while Michael Laurence is spot-on as the “lace-curtain Irish” one that got away. Rachael Holmes rounds out the ensemble with her perfect portrayal of a seeming alien to this strange land.

Plot points

After losing her job at the Dollar Store, South Boston native Margie seeks help finding a new job from Mike, a one-time Old Harbor (Haba) resident whose life as a physician and a resident of Chestnut Hill doesn’t really have room for his one-time summer fling.

If you go

‘Good People’

Through Oct. 14
Huntington Theatre
264 Huntington Ave., Boston
$25-$95, 617-266-0800


MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…


U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…


Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…


Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…


Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.


Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm


Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.


Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.


Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.


Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…