Broadway Features and Reviews
Superior Donuts Is The Taste Of Broadway
By Christopher Moore, Broadway Magazine
Superior Donuts has now opened on Broadway. The new play from American playwright Tracy Letts bowed last night at The Music Box Theatre. Today, the critics have made their opinions known. Following an exhaustive and comprehensive look at the opening night reviews, it is no stretch to say that Broadway critics have a taste for donuts.
Though critics universally noted that the play invokes clichés and formulaic writing, with a style more reminiscent of a television sitcom than a great Broadway play; these same critics were eager to insist that Mr. Letts should not apologize for his ability to entertain in a Broadway style more associated with Neil Simon than Eugene O'Neill. The fact is that gifted playwright Tracy Letts is a chameleon, capable of multiple hues. It will be interesting to note if the upcoming production of The Neil Simon plays is afforded the same consideration and enthusiasm for that playwright's ability to entertain.
Ironically, Keith Huff's A Steady Rain seemed to meet with derision from some critics for resembling "Law & Order," but when Tracy Letts' play is likened to "Chico & The Man" it is done with reverence and awe. Both plays are likely to be hits both thanks to and in spite of the Broadway critics.
Of important note is the tremendous praise for the entire ensemble cast of Superior Donuts in all opening night reviews. While Michael McKean and Jon Michael Hill each garnered enough positive clippings to fill a large scrapbook, the ensemble was mentioned time and again for their authenticity and excellent performances. If there is a Tony Award for Best Ensemble in a Broadway play this season, Superior Donuts would likely be on the short list for contenders come May.
The real star of Broadway this week is the city of Chicago, of course (as we first predicted back in July). With Superior Donuts being set in and showing affection for The Windy City and A Steady Rain's Chicago cops (Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig) earlier this week, Chicago is the thing on Broadway. ?
Check our blog for the comprehensive Opening Night Review Matrix for Superior Donuts. The next Broadway opening night is Sunday, October 4, when Carrie Fisher opens her show "Wishful Drinking." Visit us for opening night coverage, show videos, and much more on Broadway.tv.