Critics Loved Good People

No Comments 12 November 2013

Playwright sets the bar high with ‘Good People’ – Celia Wren, Richmond Times-Dispatch

bestbet_theater – TV Jerry

Review: ‘Good People’ a hilarious, sobering tale of gritty Boston – Tony Farrell, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Yet again, Cadence has chosen a compelling, new play, filled it with strong actors and left the audience to absorb the fireworks.
As a theater friend enthused as we were walking out, ‘Wow, what did we just see?‘” – Karen Newton, i could go on and on

David Lindsay-Abaire to Visit Cadence Theatre’s Local Debut of GOOD PEOPLE, 11/5 – Broadway World

“Every minute they are on stage together is hilarious. Millman and Lewis have a great chemistry onstage, their relationship is believable and natural.” – Jen Maciulewicz, Gay RVA

“Director Anna Johnson keeps the action comfortable and down to earth. The cast utilizes the small space well, keeping the action constantly moving with great nervous energy.” – Bruce Levy, Show Biz Radio

“Good People: Easy to Relate to and Thoroughly Entertaining” – Joan Tupponce, Richmond Family Magazine

Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire hits Richmond for a free talk-back session. – David Timberline, Style Weekly

South of Disorder
Theater Review: A wickedly biting take on class and advantage in “Good People” at Cadence Theatre. – Rich Griset, Style Weekly

Thank you for inviting me to come to last night’s production. Amy and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It was a spectacular cast, great play and it always amazes me what you are able to do with sets in that black box theatre.

I told Amy that your plays always make me cry. After the first act I thought this will be the first Cadence Theatre play that I will not break down in tears. Then came the second act… So, you have made me cry at everyone of your productions.

Again, thank you for your generosity and a great evening of theatre.

Keep up the good work.


Foster J. Billingsley
Executive Director
Virginia Commission for the Arts
1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-3132
(804) 225-4327 (fax)


Now Playing… Good People

No Comments 28 September 2013


News Release



For Immediate Release
Date:   September 4, 2013
Contact: Anna Johnson
Artistic and Managing Director
Cadence Theatre Company

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People

Lindsay-Abaire to join Theatre Critic David Timberline for post-show discussion on November 5th

Richmond, VA–Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre proudly presents the Richmond premiere of Good People by Pulitzer Prize-Winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire.  Good People previews on October 17th and runs through November 9, 2013.


On November 5th, Richmond theatre critic Dave Timberline will serve as host and moderator for a pre-show discussion from 5-6 p.m. with Lindsay-Abaire in the Neil and Sara Belle November Theatre. The discussion is free and open to the public.


Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store and reaches out to an old flame from the past to help her out.  During the course of her visit, an unexpected truth is revealed. Good People is a hilarious and touching story that looks at the dangerous consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leaving it behind. Good People premiered on Broadway, and was awarded the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. Lindsay-Abaire won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his highly-acclaimed play, Rabbit Hole.


Good People is directed by Anna Johnson, and stars Jacquie O’Connor, Katrinah Carol Lewis, Jay O. Millman, Alexander Sapp, Dawn A. Westbrook and Kelly Kennedy. Scenic Design is by Brian Barker, Lighting Design is by Emily Clarkson, Costume Design is by McLean Jesse, Scenic Painting is by Terrie Powers, Dialect Coaching is by Janet Rodgers and Sound Design is by Jacob Blizard, Collin Pastore and Jesse Senechal.



FIRST PREVIEW (use code GOODPRICE on 10/17/13)—Attend a special discounted preview performance for an affordable $15 ticket price.

OPENING NIGHT (10/19/13)—Join our talented cast, crew and production team for a post-show reception.

A GIRL’S NIGHT OUT (use code GIRLSGP on 10/24/2013)—Ladies receive $25 tickets and a chance to win a free gift basket courtesy of Elements of Carytown.

DATE NIGHT (use code DATEGP on 10/25/2013)—Invite a date, receive $25 tickets and a chance to win dinner for two at Bistro 27.

SUNDAY TALK BACK SERIES (10/27/2013)–What does it mean to be a good person? How does our past affect our choices in the present? What role does hope play in situations under duress? Join us for a post-show discussion with the cast and crew of Good People to explore the themes in this compelling and relevant story. Fourth Wall Student Forum member, Lily Hargis, will moderate this discussion.

INDUSTRY NIGHT (use code INDGP on 11/5/2013)—Theatre Industry members may purchase $15 tickets and attend a post-show discussion with playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and host Dave Timberline.

Good People will be presented at Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center; 114 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Good People runs October 17 – November 9, 2013. Performances: Thursdays at 7 p.m. (no performance 10/31/13), Tuesday, 11/5/13 at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (2 p.m. performance 10/20/13).

This production is sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, CultureWorks, Elements of Carytown and Bistro 27.

Tickets may be purchased at (804) 282-2620 or at www.va-rep.org.


And the Artsie Goes To…

No Comments 26 August 2013

We were so honored to have been able to celebrate Richmond theatre at the 6th Annual RTCC Awards Ceremony! Thank you to the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle, Melissa Johnston Price, Michael Hawke and most of all, our partners, Virginia Rep for contributing so much to our season. Congratulations to all of the artists and to our Next to Normal nominees Andrea Rivette (Winner, Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Duke Lafoon (Winner, Best Leading Actor in a Musical), K. Jenna Ferree (Winner, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design) and Kim Fox (Winner, Best Musical Direction). You all have made us so proud!

Here’s the complete list of who received the awards from the 6th Annual Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards:

Best Musical: bare: a pop opera (Richmond Triangle Players)

Best Direction of a Musical: Justin Amellio, bare: a pop opera (Richmond Triangle Players)

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Musical: Duke Lafoon, Next to Normal (Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep)

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Musical: Andrea Rivette, Next to Normal (Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical: Jody Ashworth, The Producers (Virginia Rep)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical: Kelsey Cordrey, bare: a pop opera (Richmond Triangle Players)

Best Musical Direction: Kim Fox, Next to Normal (Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep)

Best Choreography: Patti D’Beck, The Producers (Virginia Rep)

Best Play: A Comedy of Errors (Richmond Shakespeare)

Best Direction of a Play: James Ricks, Julius Caesar (Henley Street Theatre)

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Play: Joe Pabst, Faith Healer (Henley Street Theatre)

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Play: Maggie Bavalack, Riding the Bull (TheatreLAB)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Play: Nick Aliff, Any Given Monday (Firehouse Theatre Project)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Play: Molly Hood, A Comedy of Errors (Richmond Shakespeare)

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design: K. Jenna Ferree, Next to Normal (Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep)

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design; Thomas Hammond, Howard Crabtree’s Whoop-Dee-Do (Richmond Triangle Players)

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design: Mercedes Schaum, Hay Fever (Virginia Rep)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Joey Luck, A Bright New Boise (Firehouse Theatre Project)

The Ernie McClintock Best Ensemble Award, tie between: Gidion’s Knot (Carol Piersol) & The Glass Menagerie (Sycamore Rouge)

Contemporary Award-Winning Theatre

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