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This Week on Stage: Frances McDormand plays a downtrodden Southie in Broadway’s ‘Good People’

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Image Credit: Joan Marcus Oscar winner and Tony nominee Frances McDormand returned to the Great White Way this week with the opening of David Lindsay-Abaire’s new south Boston-set Good People.  As a single, unemployed mother who reaches out to her prosperous high school sweetheart (Tate Donovan) for help, McDormand relays “a potent mix of prickly aggression and bruised feeling withdrawal” according to stage editor Thom Geier. The drama, which earned an A- from Geier, is “remarkable and timely” under “Daniel Sullivan’s crisp direction…but the standout is McDormand in a role of great complexity and subtlety…[she] captures all of Margaret’s contradictions with sensitivity and depth.” 

Also making news: Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor, who dropped out of the current La Cage aux Folles revival because of hip pain last Friday (he was replaced by Christopher Sieber) and scribe Douglas Carter Beane, who officially joined the Sister Act musical’s creative team. And good news for theater buffs around the world: You won’t have to make it all the way to New York to see the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Importance of Being Earnest. The critical hit, starring director Brian Bedford as the indomitable Lady Bracknell, will screen in movie theaters throughout the month of June.

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