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‘Superior Donuts’ explores cultural diversity

Shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski, played by Tom Durkin, listens as his lone employee, Franco Wicks, played by Dingani Beza, wistfully envisions a bright new future for their small, decrepit donut shop in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood during a rehearsal for the Capital City Players’ production of “Superior Donuts” at Shikles Auditorium

Shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski, played by Tom Durkin, listens as his lone employee, Franco Wicks, played by Dingani Beza, wistfully envisions a bright new future for their small, decrepit donut shop in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood during a rehearsal for the Capital City Players’ production of “Superior Donuts” at Shikles Auditorium Photo by Kris Wilson.

The latest production from Capital City Players features two men who began their acting careers with the Jefferson City theater group and went on to national fame.

Tom Durkin has worked on network soap operas “General Hospital” and “Port Charles.” Dingani Beza has been featured on shows such as “Harry’s Law” and stars on the BET show “Asylum.” The two men are the leads in “Superior Donuts,” and show director Mary Jo Durkin said these two actors are very detailed people.

“They practice and rehearse together, often times by themselves,” Durkin said. “They’re very professional in the way they approach the whole thing.”

In “Superior Donuts,” Tom plays Arthur Przybyszewski, who owns a doughnut shop in uptown Chicago that he inherited from his father. He needs someone to work in the shop, and eventually a black youth from the neighborhood, Dingani’s character Franco Wicks, is hired.

“The play is all about their relationship,” said Durkin.

“Superior Donuts” will run July 13-15 and again July 19-22.

For evening shows, doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30. For Sunday matinees, doors open at noon, with lunch served at 12:30 and the show started at 1:30. Tickets are $30 for the meal and show.

For more information, call (573) 681-9012 or see capitalcityplayers.com.

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