Fargo star Frances McDormand has become the latest film star to make stage plans. She’s committed to star in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere production of Good People, a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Daniel Sullivan. The plan will open March 3 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street. She’ll play a struggling South Boston woman who has lost another job and sees a potential end to her struggles in an old fling who has escaped the neighborhood and made his fortune. Lindsay-Abaire, one of the writers who took a crack at the Spider-Man 4 script before it was scrapped, won the Pulitzer for his play Rabbit Hole. McDormand’s previous stage turns include the Mike Nichols-directed The Country Girl, the Stephen Daldry-directed Far Away, and turns as Stella and Blanche in different productions of A Streetcar Named Desire. Sullivan directed her in The Sisters Rosenzweig. McDormand has time to work on her Southie accent, but it’ll have to be good to erase the memory of her rural Minnesotan patter from Fargo, evident in Marg Gunderson lines like, “And I guess that was your accomplice, in the woodchipper.”
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