Dec. 17—Jan. 26 $29–$69
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA
(703) 820-9771
Given what director Joe Calarco and leading lady Sherri Edelen are doing with it at Signature, Gypsy reveals itself to be the great American feminist musical. It’s a show that, on the surface, is a bitter comedy about the strictures Depression-era America put on its women. Calarco and his star have dug into the story’s underbelly to demonstrate that Gypsy is a Medea-sized tragedy about the toll two women—women born out of their time—take on each other. The production’s emphasis on the humanity of these characters extends to Herbie, the beleaguered salesman-turned-manager who’s Momma Rose’s doormat of a man. When he finally gives up on her, it’s genuinely painful. Edelen, however, steals the show, delivering “Rose’s Turn” in a voice as strong—and somehow simultaneously as brittle—as anything I’ve ever seen on the Signature stage. Her performance is an outright triumph. [TG]

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