Superior Donuts Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 19 2013

I've never seen a play go from hilarious to heartbreaking as quickly as Open Door's engaging, intimate staging of this 2008 piece by Tracy Letts does. It's not a sucker punch, though. There's plenty of setup for each plot twist—not that there are many. For much of the show the main tension is in the building of a tentative peace and then friendship between doughnut shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski (Randall Hoole) and Franco Wicks (Patrick Agada), a gregarious, smart-ass college student Arthur hires to help out in the store. Even when things take a darker turn, comedic touches (a cop wearing a Trekkie costume giving news about an assault, money to pay a debt stuffed into a Kotex box before being handed over to a thug) keep things almost light-hearted. —Julia Thiel

Price: $25

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