'Good People' ★★★★

K. Todd Freeman's fiery Steppenwolf production of David Lindsay-Abaire's superbly written play about class loyalty in South Boston is less polished than the Broadway original, and notably more aggressive and raw. These performers act the stuffing out of this drama, especially Mariann Mayberry, whose performance flows out from the stage in waves of fury, resentment, fear and sheer need. These kinds of class-driven, realistic plays are tough to write in a way that the plot holds together, but you won't ever find yourself ahead of events in "Good People," which Lindsay-Abaire has structured with a mystery that unravels and then closes up, only to unravel again. -- Chris Jones Through Nov. 11 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St.; $20-86 at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org
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