The Goodbye People is a serious comedy about old age and death and about the woes of youthful misfits and their loves. It is Coney Island in February and Old Max Silverman, recovering from a coronary, is planning to reopen his long closed beach bar with the entrapped assistance of his daughter, Nancy, who has changed her name and her nose, deserted her husband and is searching for an identity. Into their dreams and lives wanders Arthur Korman, a youngish, amiable sunrise watcher who hates his job, but never seems able to make a decision to quit. The three of them together activate their dreams - Arthur quits his job, Nancy decides to divorce her husband and Max will reopen his stand. But in the end, death takes Max, but only after his dream is fulfilled.
"An endearing play." - New York Daily News
"His best play." -Jules Feiffer
"Herb Gardner is one of the truly original comic minds in the world. He is also a poet. And The Goodbye People is one of the most truly comic stage poems you will ever see." - Paddy Chayevsky