Mary-Arrchie hit “Superior Donuts” will return at Royal George
By Hedy Weiss firstname.lastname@example.org October 8, 2012 2:42PM
Updated: October 8, 2012 5:35PM
It is a good time to be Tracy Letts. While Letts the actor is preparing to open in the Broadway remount of Steppenwolf Theatre’s acclaimed 50th anniversary revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” this Saturday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright now slated is to get a revival of his play “Superior Donuts” here at home.
Set in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, “Donuts” received a much-admired revival last season by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, a mainstay of the Off-Loop scene. The production, directed by Matt Miller, will be remounted Oct. 31-Nov. 25 at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 N. Halsted. Tickets go on sale Thursday at www.ticketmaster.com.
The play homes in on Arthur Przybyszewski (in a reprise performance by Richard Cotovsky, who understudied Michael McKean for the show’s 2008 Steppenwolf production), an aging anti-war activist and the proprietor of a rundown donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood. Things change when he hires Franco Wicks (played by Jeff-nominated Preston Tate Jr.), a fast-talking African-American kid with big dreams about writing the great American novel, and even bigger problems with local mobsters.
Also reprising their roles are Millie Hurley, Bradford Stevens, Paige Smith, Karl Potthoff and Bryan Kelly, with Joanna Maclay and Christopher Borek joining the cast.
“Superior Donuts” turned out to be the best-selling production in Mary-Arrchie’s 27-year history, initially running for 12 sold-out weeks and then being successfully remounted at Arlington Heights’ Metropolis Performing Arts Centre this past summer.
† One additional sign of the thriving Off-Loop theater scene comes with the news that the powerful Profiles Theatre production of Chad Beckim’s “After,” an important play about life after release from prison (featuring an outstanding performance by Salome Martinez, an actor making his Chicago debut), has been extended through Nov. 4. Profiles Theatre is located at 4147 N. Broadway. For tickets call (773) 549-1815 or visit www.profilestheatre.org.