Gypsy

Dec. 17—Jan. 26 $29–$69
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA
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(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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This tragic tale of warring gangs and devoted lovers comes to Signature for the first time. Featuring classic songs like "Tonight," "America," and "I Feel Pretty," this production is directed by Signature regular Matthew Gardiner.
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