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Making good at Curtain Call

Contemporary play makes regional debut at local theater

Actors, from left, Resa Tanner Colleen Lovett, Adam Landsberg and Andrea Valenti bring a scene from David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” to life at The Curtain Call Theatre in Latham.

Actors, from left, Resa Tanner Colleen Lovett, Adam Landsberg and Andrea Valenti bring a scene from David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” to life at The Curtain Call Theatre in Latham.

— The play “Good People,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Chris Foster, is making its regional debut at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, with performances taking place through Feb. 8.

IF YOU GO

• What: “Good People”

• When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 8.

• Where: Curtain Call Theatre in Latham

• How much: $23

• Info: www.curtaincallth...

Producer Carol Max said “Good People” looks at the dangerous consequences of people holding on to the past or leaving it all behind.

“It’s all about their struggles to get a better life and to get ahead and to make ends meet,” said Max. “It’s extremely timely; it’s happening all around the country. It takes place in south Boston but could just as easily take place in Latham.”

When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to old flame Mike, a South Boston boy who left the neighborhood and became a successful doctor. Margie’s attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a surprising twist when she realizes the power a secret from Mike’s past holds.

Max said selecting a play that’s a good fit for Curtain Call Theatre and the region is not an easy task.

“I read 600 scripts a year and most of them are not for us. (It) doesn’t mean they aren’t good plays, just not necessarily plays this area would enjoy. You have to go through a lot to get eight plays,” said Max.

The theater performs eight plays a season, which runs from September to August.

“Half of the season is new plays, meaning they haven’t been shown in the area, which is exciting because no one has seen them here before. You wouldn’t want to go to a movie you have seen a few times before,” said Max.

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