Superior Donuts BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
October 1, 2009
Closing:
January 3, 2010

Theater: Music Box Theatre / 239 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. This provocative comedy, set in the heart of one of Chicago's most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendsh

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Superior Donuts

    “Superior Donuts,” a gentle comedy that unfolds like an extended episode of a 1970s sitcom, is a warm bath of a play that will leave Broadway audiences with satisfied smiles rather than rattled nerves. The style and setting of Tracy Letts’s new play strongly evoke Norman Lear’s groundbreaking television shows of the 1970s, which mixed smart jokes and social commentary in satisfying proportions. “Superior Donuts” may be familiar and unchallenging, but it’s also comfortable — and no, there’s nothing wrong with that.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Superior Donuts

    Sometimes doughnuts can have nutritional value — at least dramatically. Such is the case with "Superior Donuts," Tracy Letts' appealing, sweet-tempered comedy-drama that opened Thursday at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. It's set against the backdrop of a shabby doughnut shop that looks as if it could have been inspired by Edward Hopper's "Night Hawks," a painting hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF Superior Donuts

    Sentimental is not a word you'd apply to playwright Tracy Letts, at least not based on his previous work. After earning kudos with the terse, scathing Killer Joe and Bug, Letts made his Broadway debut in 2007 with August: Osage County, a tragicomic epic that earned him comparisons with Edward Albee, Eugene O'Neill and Sam Shepard, as well as a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Superior Donuts

    Tracy Letts continues to surprise. If nothing in his scrappy earlier work like "Killer Joe" or "Bug" suggested the epic family annihilation to come in "August: Osage County," then there was also no reason to expect the creator of the bilious Weston clan to follow with a minor-key comedy-drama, laced through with tenderness and even a sweet vein of sentimentality. The writing is often formulaic and the conclusion contrived, but "Superior Donuts" is a soulful play, full of humor and humanity. Tina Landau's entertaining production for Steppenwolf offers much to savor in the ensemble's gently nuanced performances, particularly those of leads Michael McKean and Jon Michael Hill.

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  • WALL STREET JOURNAL REVIEW OF Superior Donuts

  • REVIEW OF Superior Donuts

    The setting is a rundown six-stool doughnut shop in uptown Chicago whose proprietor, Arthur Przybyszewski (played to perfection by Michael McKean), is a burnt-out hippie whose hard shell of cynicism is cracked open by a young black man (Jon Michael Hill) who fast-talks his way into a job behind the counter. Much of what happens thereafter is obvious, but not all—the audience at the preview I saw gasped twice, both times loudly, at a surprising plot twist—and Mr. Letts, who is best known on Broadway as the author of "August: Osage County," takes scrupulous care to balance laughter and sorrow in exactly the right proportions.

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