Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Time To Make Superior Donuts

It's all in the ingredients. Picture from Rich Cotovsky;s Facebook page.

When I first heard that Rich Cotovsky was heading to Washington D.C., I thought the Obama administration had made a swap with the Mary-Arrchie Theatre. Cotovsky would become the President’s new Chief of Staff and the wily Rahm Emanuel, having tricked everyone into thinking he was gunning to become the Mayor of Chicago, would actually snag the more prestigious position of being a theater’s Artistic Director.

Emanuel could reinvent the late night show Bitch With Rich as Bitch With Rahm, and he’d have plenty of time to grow a beard and long hair for next year’s Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins theater festival. Meanwhile, Cotovsky, a veteran of in-your-face plays like Wild Dogs, would test Barack Obama’s calm and cool demeanor by eating a Twinkie off the floor of the Oval Office.

Actually, Cotovsky’s going to Washington D.C. for three-months to join the cast of the critically-acclaimed Tracy Letts comedy Superior Donuts. It’s a high profile gig for a talented actor who will surely make the most of it. Mary-Arrchie will be giving Cotovsky a send off party tomorrow night at Justin’s Bar on Southport.

He’s generated a lot of good will at the theater, as well as among the countless performers who have taken part in Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins, an annual weekend celebration of drama, comedy, and music. (I know because I’m one of them.) So here’s a toast to Rich Cotovsky: Knock ‘em dead in Donuts.


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