Are you going to let life whiz by in a flurry of deadlines and tasks, or are you going to go to the theater? Well, tonight we went to the theater, more specifically to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, to see Good People. It was excellent, well acted, and with a painful and meaningful story.
Did you really think you got to where you are today without the help of others, without any adult watching over you? Did you really do nothing in your youth that could have had terrible consequences had an adult not intervened? Don’t some people have good luck and others have crap luck? I know that persistence, grit, and willingness to forgo current pleasure for the future can make a difference. But only sometimes. How can you put all this into a play with a strong sense of place, South Boston, and make it funny? Well, this play does it. It resonated particularly for me since my mother was a fairly poor girl from near Boston, though not Irish. As a scholarship student at Wellesley College, she waited on the other girls, something that did not mar her recent return for her 70th reunion.
All of our theaters and most other cultural events operate at a loss, depending on donations of various sorts to survive, so buy the most expensive ticket you can afford and enjoy. This one will make you think.
The play is by David Lindsay-Abaire and runs until 27 January 2013, so go see it! In fact, you should try to get in the habit of supporting the arts you love most. I’m working on it.