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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 has just been fired from yet another job.  Facing eviction with her adult, developmentally-disabled daughter and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s 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.

 

Mike (Rob Coates), Margie (Elizabeth Chasse) and Kate (Heidi Holst)

 

“David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.  The scrappy characters have tremendous appeal, and the moral dilemma they grapple with—is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person’s fate?—holds special significance in today’s harsh economic climate.” — Variety

 

Dottie (Margaret Matheson) and her bunnies