Boston is colonial-old and seems so familiar to the national consciousness, it's easy to forget that it's an often stunningly beautiful place with a bone-deep, sturdy character. It's also prone to the same pronounced social and economic divides as any other American city. Beantown's southern end traditionally is known as the salty, hardscrabble district. South Boston, "Southie" (that's Dennis Lehane/Denis Leary territory), evocative of the tough Boston Irish and a mosh-pit confluence of corner taverns where you'd never want to trash-talk the Red Sox or Bruins out loud. It's also the world playwright David Lindsay-Abaire took inspiration from for Good People. His play concerns Margie Walsh, who has lived all her life in Southie, but she's suffering hard times and is close to being evicted. She turns to an old flame, Mikey, who's been successful enough to escape the old neighborhood and now lives a very comfortable existence in a tony suburb. But once he's made it out of Southie, is he capable of dealing with any reminder of his roots? See what happens when these two reconnect on the Browning Mainstage at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org) at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 2. Good People continues through Sunday, January 27, and performances take place every day except Monday. Tickets for Good People are $16 to $79.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 2. Continues through Jan. 27, 2013