At GableStage, audiences can open their eyes, ears, and noses to experience the creative adventures brought to life by talented contemporary playwrights. Superior Donuts is a new dramedy by Tracy Letts, a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (August: Osage County) and ensemble member of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater. Set against the backdrop of an old Chicago neighborhood, Superior Donuts examines friendships, new beginnings, and old secrets as they converge on a local donut shop like a whole bunch of homeless donuts. After a run on Broadway, this production is now making its southeastern premiere.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Founded in 1999, Just The Funny Theater hosts a rotating roster of improv and sketch teams, and also opens its stage to standup comedians. The theater’s comedic cast members have numerous credits from local theater productions. Just The Funny also offers classes in the improvisational arts and sketch writing, during which instructors dispense the comedic skills they’ve learned from their own training with such groups as The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundlings.
Such is the FGO's dedication to the details. Costume designers pore over every hem and bauble. The music director scours the globe to cultivate the right cast and musicians. Props masters assemble period-perfect tableaux and render painstaking