Arnie the Doughnut Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through May 15 2011

On the morning he's born, chocolate-covered Arnie gamely resolves to find his life's purpose. Discovering the shocking truth when his owner attempts to take a bite, Arnie makes his objections heard. Frances Limoncelli's adaptation retains the absurdist zing of the 2003 children's book by Laurie Keller while freely adding complementary ingredients, including zippy songs by George Howe and a Kafkaesque subplot involving a totalitarian condo-board president. Brandon Paul Eells brings not only sweetness but wit to the title role--this doughnut is a naive goofball, but nobody's fool--and makes Arnie's terror and disillusionment truly affecting. The entire cast provide spirit, charm, and jazzy harmonies under Elise Kauzlaric's capable direction. The show is a delight--delicious and substantial, even without a kid tagging along. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $12

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