Superior Donuts: superior production

Ensemble Theatre Company is producing Superior Donuts at the Jericho Arts Centre

You want to see these guys perform together. You really do. (Photo of David Nykl and Chris Francisque by Zemekiss Photography)

Superior Donuts is delicious.

Set in 2008, Tracy Letts’s script is about the friendship between Arthur Przybyszewski, a white, second-generation Polish-American guy who runs a donut shop in the Uptown neighbourhood of Chicago, and Franco Wicks, an ebullient young black man who shows up very eager for a job and immediately starts recommending poetry nights and healthy menu options. [Read more…]

Born Yesterday: a difficult birth but, finally, a healthy baby

Ensemble Theatre Company is presenting Born Yesterday at the Jericho Arts Centre.

Like a certain orange president, Paul Herbert’s Harry Brock thinks it’s all about him. (Photo by zemekiss)

Billie Dawn, the central character in Born Yesterday, may go down in history as the greatest bimbo of all time. I’ve watched the movie version of Born Yesterday over and over and there’s a small, sunlit temple in the inner reaches of my heart that’s dedicated to the worship of Judy Holliday, who won an Academy Award in 1950 for her performance as Billie.

I used to feel guilty about loving bimbos; I thought that adoring apparently dumb blondes made me a bad feminist. Those days are gone. Bimbos are innocent clowns and their innocence gives them powerful insight.

The thing that has always made Born Yesterday thrilling — and that makes it urgent right now — is the way that it combines feminism with a stirring defence of democracy and democratic institutions. [Read more…]

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