“Good People” scored the top play prize from the New York Drama Critics Circle on Monday, with Brit import “Jerusalem” taking the title for foreign play and “The Book of Mormon” notching the org’s tuner laurel.
Special citations went to the current revival of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart,” now running with a cast that includes Joe Mantello and Ellen Barkin; thesp Mark Rylance, for his much-praised perfs on Broadway this season in “La Bete” and “Jerusalem”; and the direction, design and puppetry of “War Horse,” the Lincoln Center Theater presentation of a London hit.
“Good People,” now in the midst of a world preem Broadway run toplined by Frances McDormand, is the latest from David Lindsay-Abaire, the scribe whose previous play “Rabbit Hole” went on to score the Pulitzer in 2007. “Good People” is produced on Broadway by Gotham nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club, which also launched “Rabbit Hole.”
Play’s investigation of class in America centers on an out-of-work South Boston native (McDormand) who contacts an old friend (played by Tate Donovan) in the hopes of finding a job. “Rabbit Hole” helmer Daniel Sullivan directs the MTC bow.
Giving a leg up to homegrown “Good People,” the NYDCC membership opted to award the org’s other play prize to “Jerusalem,” scribe Jez Butterworth’s London hit in which Rylance stars. (In years when a foreign play takes the top kudo, the second play award goes to an American script.)
The NYDCC win for “The Book of Mormon” gives even more awards heat to the cheerfully profane tuner from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of “South Park,” and “Avenue Q” composer-lyricist Robert Lopez. Last week the musical led the pack of Tony nominations with 14 bids.
NYDCC’s award for play comes with a $2,500 cash prize, while the foreign play winner gets a $1,000 check.
New York Drama Critics Circle, led by prexy Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, consists of 25 legit critics from outlets based in the Gotham metro area.
Reception for this year’s winners is set for Monday at Angus McIndoe restaurant.