Well, for one ticket sales haven't been terribly good, peaking around 70 percent of capacity when the show opened and more often hovering around 50 percent. The show's more modest scope and tone of guarded optimism, compared to the epic family breakdown of August, doesn't seem to appeal to quite so broad an audience.
As our own Henry Stewart intimated in his review, though, Donuts addresses many of the same issues of social breakdown, using a small group (customers at an Uptown Chicago donut shop) as a shorthand for the whole country, but adding a dash of Obama-era optimism where Letts previously indulged Bush-era defeatism. No matter what the Times says, Donuts is an excellent show and well worth seeing.
(photo credit: Robert J. Saferstein)