ABOUT THIS SHOW

“I just can't think of enough good things to say about it.”

Arthur Przybyszewski's run-down family doughnut shop in Uptown Chicago has barely scraped by for more than six decades until one day Franco Wicks, a young black man with visionary zeal and an appetite for change, turns up looking for a job and soon evolves plans to turn Arthur's shop into a hip and happening hotbed of neighbourhood culture.

What happens next in this wonderfully poignant comedy-drama from Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts is a challenge to our assumptions about immigration and racism, while presenting the dangers of looking backward in a rapidly changing world and the redemptive power of hope and friendship.

REVIEWS

Andrea Warner at The Georgia Straight writes “Nykl and Francisque flawlessly elevate the material, drawing out every laugh and every nuance of their characters’ emotionally complex pas de deux.”

Mark Robins at Vancouver Presents reports “… filled with satisfying empty calories. An absolutely spot-on performance from Chris Francisque as Franco. Lighting up the stage each time he makes an appearance. David Nykl as Arthur, easily inhabits this Polish sad-sack, both physically and emotionally. Nice work being done by the others in this surprisingly large cast. The calories may indeed be empty, but they are still delicious.”

Colin Thomas says “Superior Donuts is delicious. Superior Donuts is so vivacious and so tender. Chris Francisque is ridiculously charismatic as Franco, spinning out the character’s quips without losing his emotional centre for a second. The combination of truth and timing is impressive. David Nykl’s performance is so thorough it’s like you can smell Arthur’s socks. Steve James contributes a hilarious — and roughly energetic — turn as Max Tarasov. You want to see these guys perform together. You really do.

The Team

  • Playwright - Tracy Letts

  • Director - Keltie Forsyth

  • Set Designer - Ariel Slack

  • Costume Design - Liz Gao

  • Lighting Design - Patrick Smith

  • Sound Design & Original Compositions - Rick Colhoun

  • Stage Manager - Anita Jian

  • Assistant Stage Manager - Sarvin Esmaeili

  • Fight Director - Richard Meen


IN REPERTORY WITH …

 
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BRUNCH READING: THE PAWNBROKER

BRUNCH READING: THE PAWNBROKER

RUNNING TIME

2 Hour, 10 minutes with interval

PRODUCTION ADVISORY

ETC does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us at info@ensembletheatrecompany.ca

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview Performances: July 18, 2019

Post-Show Talkback: August 6, 2019

Sunday Brunch Reading: The Pawnbroker - July 28 @ 11:30 AM

Matinée Performance: July 28 @ 2 PM

Pay-What-You-Will: July 31 @ 7:30 PM (door sales only)

PRODUCTION SPONSOR

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