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August 5th, 2011 By Rick Pender | Arts & Culture | Posted In: Theater

Tracy Letts' 'Superior Donuts' coming to Cincinnati


Tracy Letts' plays haven't quite caught on in Cincinnati. We're yet to see a production locally of August: Osage County, his 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner. Neither the Cincinnati Playhouse nor Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati  have picked up Superior Donuts, his 2011 Tony-nominated script that will be staged by at least eight major regional theaters across the United States during the coming season. However, a local pick-up company will present Letts' latest script at the Clifton Performance Theatre (404 Ludlow Ave.) in a brief run (Sept. 9-18). It will feature a collection of outstanding local actors — Kevin Crowley, Michael Bath, Brandon Anderson, Buz Davis, Derek Snow, Brandon Anderson, Pam Shooner, Carol Brammer and Reggie Willis.

Here's a synopsis of Superior Donuts: Arthur Przybyszewski (Kevin Crowley) owns a decrepit doughnut shop in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks (Brandon Anderson), a black teenager who is his only employee and wants to change the shop for the better. Max Tarasov (Michael Bath) wants to knock the shop down down to expand his DVD store. This comedy-drama, set in the heart of one of Chicago's most diverse communities, (not unlike Clifton where the play will be performed) explores the challenges of embracing the past, keeping up with the future, and the redemptive power of friendship and community.

This one will definitely be worth seeing. Tickets: 513-861-7469

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