Superior Donuts by Bruce Banter
This is probably broadways best kept secret. A dramatic comedy that is actually funny.
When I heard it being positively discussed on WHCR 90.3 fm recently. I decided that it was worth the price of admission. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed and the audience really meant it when they gave the cast a standing ovation at the end.
Superior Donuts takes place in Chicago and deals with the plight of an African American college kid who loves betting on sports and the liberal polish donut shop owner he works for. Interspersed is a racist Russian immigrant with big dreams and a knack for making the audience smirk and laugh. A male and female cop who are regulars at the donut shop and a local elderly female who has a love for alcohol.
Shout out to “Two Sheps that Pass” marketing firm who encouraged us to start officially covering theatre on playahata.com, this ride has been great.
The set design is great and acting greater but more importantly its funny. All the characters except the main protagonist are not short on humor.
Don’t let the homogenous European audience fool you, this play is absolutely entertaining and can pack em in with African Americans audiences as easy as a Tyler Perry chitlin circuit production with the right marketing. In face the characters are more authentic and everyday. After all a Black star trek couple who aren’t nerds but regular folk from President Obama’s Chicago neighborhood. Well it doesn’t get any better than that.