Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

The Hole Shebang 

Wednesday, Oct 24 2012
Comments
If you looked just at the dramatis personae in Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, which premieres tonight at Custom Made Theatre Company, you might think it easy to peg. Arthur (Don Wood) is a draft-dodging hippie who hasn’t altered his Uptown, Chicago, donut shop in 40 years. Franco (Chris Marsol) is his newly hired assistant who’s young, black, and deeply optimistic about change. But don’t think you can simply see the generational, cultural, and racial conflicts unfolding, warns director Marilyn Langbehn. Letts, who is also a celebrated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winner, reveals much just in the way characters “go at it trying to see who knows the black poets” the best, says Langbehn. Even more importantly, Superior Donuts puts forth a modern notion of family. “There’s the family you’re born into,” says Langbehn, “and then the family that becomes yours by virtue of circumstance or because you actively surround yourself with them.” This play is very much concerned with the latter; all characters are united by a certain donut shop and by Letts’ ability, as Langbehn puts it, “to get underneath the masks of how we live our daily lives.”
Thursdays-Sundays; Mon., Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Dec. 2, 2012

About The Author

Lily Janiak

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"