the full story: James from Superior Donuts
Actors from Superior Donuts have joined in to give our Arden subscribers the full story! In this installment, >physician James Ijames talks about his past experience at the Arden, >illness keeping is energy up for the role, and his best backstage sport.
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*Sigh* Oh, how I miss playing Darts backstage during Romeo and Juliet. I have to say though, I don’t remember James being much of a contender. 🙂
I saw Superior Donuts in NYC when it opened. Arden’s production was every bit as good if not better in several areas. The only weakness for me was LADY. She didn’t look that old and was not as convincing as the NYC show.
This was my 8th production at the Arden since I relocated from Chicago 7 years ago. I’ve enjoyed all 8 of them.
I was excited to see a play from a member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf theatre. I didn’t realize it until I read the notes, that this is the first play about Chicago Tracy Letts has written. I was impressed by the set design – For 2 hours I was transformed to Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood – Broadway/Lawrence under the el tracks. There are old businesses like Superior Donuts in Uptown and other nearby Northside neighborhoods. I saw pictures of the set from Broadway production, but prefer the Arden’s realistic looking set.
The acting was tremendous, especially by the two leads.
I look forward to seeing August: Osage County again since the Arden is producing and Ed Sobel is directing it and did such a wonderful job with “Superior Donuts”. Thanks!
We more than enjoyed Superior Donuts. We absolutely loved it. That is the most substantive dramatic performance we’ve seen this year, along with “Race” at PTC. The three word ending was a perfect line that brought immediate tears of joy to my face. That kind of performance is what keeps us coming to Arden Theatre. Congratulations. You should all be proud.
And yes, we are coming to see it again on Sunday with our niece and her boyfriend, both honor students at Eastern University.
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