When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 6 2012
Tracy Lett's 2008 comedy has been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre and on Broadway—but after seeing this fantastic production in Mary-Arrchie's shoebox space, it's hard to imagine as a big-stage show. Richard Cotovsky is excellent as Arthur Przybyszewski, a lonely, aging radical who runs the shabby doughnut shop he inherited from his immigrant parents. The tale of Arthur's reluctant friendship with his wisecracking young shop assistant, Franco, and their run-in with a violent bookie, has the deep-fried flavor of sitcom. And yet it engrosses from the get-go. The local touches that might feel like Chicago schmaltz on Broadway (a mention of Carol's Pub, the el rumble in the background) come off as homey here. —Keith Griffith.