06/05/2011 03:31 pm ET Updated 4 days ago

Superior Donuts at the Geffen Playhouse Bring New Meaning to "Play With Your Food"

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Actors Edi Gathegi and Gary Cole serve me a donut! Photo courtesy of Geffen.

Friday was National Donut Day, so I went to The Geffen Playhouse to eat a donut. From the Buttermilk food truck parked in front of the Westwood theatre. My readers know that I have a prejudice against most food trucks. I don't like eating standing up or leaning against a wall, and I also believe that the plethora of food trucks in the city is harmful to the restaurant business here. The vehicles often park in front of brick-and-mortar restaurants and take away business from them. And rarely is the food worth the effort. But this occasion was special case, so I paid my two dollars fifty cents and sucked up a delicious, finger-lickin' sugar-coated vanilla-glazed cinnamon donut, especially since it was served to me by some of the cast of the play, SUPERIOR DONUTS, which is opening this week at the Geffen.
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Buttermilk Donut Truck becomes Superior Donuts for the opening week.

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Tracey Lett's new play, directed by the Geffen Playhouse's Artistic Director Randall Arney, is a humorous tale of an unlikely friendship set in a sweet shop in one of Chicago's most diverse neighborhoods. According to the program notes, Arthur Przbyszewski's Superior Donuts has been a community hub for decades, and both the neglected storefront and its rundown owner are evidence to that. But when Franco a young fast-talking dreamer bounds into the ship, the writing is on the wall that that things are going to change -maybe even for the better. So, stay tuned for my comments, and I hope they are as sweet as the sugar-coated concoction.
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Menu of the donut truck.

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