Sink Your Teeth into the Rich and Satisfying Characters of South Bend Civic Theatre’s "Superior Donuts" June 1-10
May 9, 2012 — The only thing more run down than the Uptown Chicago donut shop is its owner. Despondent, disengaged, and out of touch, Arthur doesn’t even register the vandalism of his store. Even the colorful array of characters in the neighborhood can’t bring him out of his shell – the local bag lady, the Russian video store owner next door, the two cops checking out the damage. Only when charismatic young Franco Wicks enters the store and practically forces himself into being hired does the spark of life begin to take hold for Arthur. Brilliant but carrying secrets, Franco’s troubles crash into Arthur’s sheltered world and force him to finally take a stand.
From Pulitzer winner and Steppenwolf Ensemble member Tracy Letts comes a sharp character study about an unlikely friendship. The Chicago Tribune called Superior Donuts a “witty, seductive, live-wire and greatly entertaining dark comedy that you just don’t want to end and you just don’t want to miss.” The Los Angeles Times hailed Letts’ “deftly drawn characters” and that “a rich vein of feeling” permeates the play.
Mark Abram-Copenhaver (SBCT’s The Seafarer) directs a fine ensemble of David Chudzynski, Zach Gassman, Joseph Goepfrich, Brandon Harper, Tony McMutuary, Gary Oesch, Bill Svelmoe, Leigh Taylor, and Diane Zuber.
Note: Mature language, violence
Superior Donuts performs June 1-10 in the Warner Studio Theatre, South Bend Civic Theatre, 403 N Main Street. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm ($18), Sunday at 3:00 pm ($18), and Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm ($15). Tickets may be purchased at the box office at 574-234-1112 from 12-6 pm weekdays, or online at www.sbct.org. Thanks to sponsors Villing and Company, the Community Foundation of Saint Joseph County, and Nyloncraft.
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