By TRACY LETTS
Directed by EDWARD SOBEL
On the F. Otto Haas Stage March 3 - April 3, 2011
The neighborhood, the donut shop, and Arthur have all gone to pot. When young Franco Wicks busts in with fresh dough and even fresher dreams, Arthur can no longer pretend he doesn’t care. Tracy Letts, author of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, turns up the comedic heat on a man and a community grappling with change.
Mature in content. Recommended for 9th grade and older.
"Philadelphia Weekly names Superior Donuts in the Top 10 productions of 2010-11!"
-Philadelphia Weekly [Review]
"Under Edward Sobel's solid direction, a superb cast turns in surgically precise character studies that are moving and engaging"
"Hilarious and touching...James Ijames continues his young career of outstanding performances"
-The Philadelphia Inquirer [Review]
“[Kevin Depinet’s] wonderfully atmospheric design is easily the most impressive set seen on a local stage this season…. Under [Sobel’s] careful direction, we become fully immersed in the characters’ lives… Spidle’s and Ijames’ nuanced performances give the production its emotional center… At the play’s core is a character-driven drama about the value of community, a subject that the Arden treasures perhaps more than any other local company.”
-Philadelphia Weekly [Review]
“Tracy Letts' dark comedy about friendship, regrets and the American Dream [is] a powerful play about what's best — and worst — in our country. John Bellomo's fight choreography is refreshingly un-Hollywood, starkly brutal enough to make audience audibly gasp.”
-City Paper [Review]
“One of the highlights of the Philadelphia theater season. Filled with raucous humor, meticulous performances, and characters that have depth and humanity, it's a hugely rewarding show.”
-Talkin’ Broadway [Review]
“The play deals in a unique and intelligent way with family, racism, fear, politics and love. Thanks to director Edward Sobel’s terrific Arden production, the characters and the issues come vividly alive. Letts’ intelligent and articulate writing, intriguing characters and the Arden’s wonderful production make this one of the best offerings of the 2010-2011 theater season so far.”
-Chestnut Hill Local [Review]
“This is a rare production in which each and every character seems to be living truly and fully throughout the piece, and as a result each person in this play is fascinating to watch… The piece is so sweet, so full, so substantial, that it feels like a full well-balanced meal, and leaves the audience thinking, hoping, and wanting more for the future.”
-Staged and Real [Review]
"The Arden Theatre’s new production of Superior Donuts differs vastly from the Broadway presentation I saw in December 2009. The fact that I enjoyed this as much, or more, indicates the play’s enduring quality— and the excellence of this casting and staging.”
-Broad Street Review [Review]
"All the characters are wonderful and wonderfully played: touching yet truly funny roles… This Donut is substantial and sweet. It's clear that this is a work of consequence. ”
-Cutain Up [Review]
"A triumph which should appeal to all segments of traditional and nontraditional theater audiences” -Philadelphia Daily Record
In the News–
What's a dramaturg? Good question. Let local theatre folks (including Arden's Ed Sobel) who've done that demanding job explain.
-The Philadelphia Inquirer [Read]
The dough goes on - Setting the stage with fresh-baked treats from a South Philly institution -The Philadelphia Inquirer [Read]
Broadway, Philadelphia theatres put race in the spotlight -The Philadelphia Inquirer [Read]
The Intelligencer/Courier Times interviews director Ed Sobel and actors James Ijames and Brian Anthony Wilson about the production [Read]
Jennifer Barnhart (Officer Randy Osteen)
Ian Bedford (Kiril Ivakin)
Jake Blouch (Kevin Magee)
Nancy Boykin (Lady Boyle)
James William Ijames (Franco Wicks)
David Mackay (Max Tarasov)
Pete Pryor (Luther Flynn)
Craig Spidle (Arthur Przybyszewski)
Brian Anthony Wilson (Officer James Bailey)
Kevin Depinet Costume Designer
Alison Roberts Lighting Designer
Michelle Habeck Sound Designer
Rob Kaplowitz Stage Manager
Katharine M. Hanley Fight Director
John V. Bellomo