Actress to star in Geffen production

Jane Kaczmarek will topline the West Coast preem of “Good People,” the David Lindsay-Abaire play that bowed on Broadway last season.

Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) plays South Boston native Margie, the role created by Frances McDormand on the Rialto. Production at the Geffen Playhouse will be helmed by Matt Shakman (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), also the a.d. of L.A.’s Black Dahlia Theater.

Kaczmarek previously appeared on Broadway in “Lost in Yonkers.” Her West Coast stage credits include “In Mother Words” at the Geffen as well as area stagings of “Dinner with Friends,” “Awake and Sing,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Raised in Captivity.”

Play by Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole,” “Shrek the Musical”) follows Margie as she reconnects with an old flame in the hopes of landing a new job.

“Good People” is part of a Geffen season that also includes the upcoming world preem of Beth Henley’s “The Jacksonian,” starring Ed Harris, Bill Pullman and Amy Madigan.

Further casting for “Good People” remains to be set. Show begins previews April 3 ahead of an April 11 opening at the Geffen.

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