GLOUCESTER – To Arlyne, the oldest of the mostly female blue-collar workers in Israel Horovitz’s “North Shore Fish,’’ the matter is simple. “We are fish people,’’ she says placidly, packing box after box after box, just as she has done for more than three decades. “We are doing what we were born to do.’’
As Arlyne, played by the great Nancy E. Carroll, speaks those words, her boss can be seen, but not heard, in his glassed-in office, furiously arguing with a government inspector. Crisis is swirling around the frozen-fish processing plant that Arlyne and her co-workers rely on. Their livelihoods are slipping away from them.