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A Chorus Line ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright November 11, 2019

Director Matthew Gardiner’s reinterpretation of A Chorus Line features brand new choreography from Denis Jones and departs from the original branded choreography by Michael Bennett. Though I can’t recall the original enough to make a comparison of the two, I don’t think it’s necessary to enjoy the musical we’ve […]

Blackbeard ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright June 29, 2019

Full disclosure: I am a descendant of Edward Teach aka Edward Thatch aka Blackbeard.

Okay, now that my admission of partiality is out of the way, I can talk about why the world premiere of Blackbeard is a rousing success. First and foremost, Lyricist John Dempsey (Brother Russia, The Witches […]

Passion ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright August 24, 2018

Weeks ago, I began to think about Natascia Diaz in the role of Fosca after I saw her perform one of the numbers from Passion at Signature’s Annual Open House. I wondered how this actress would inhabit a character not known to garner sympathy from female audiences. […]

Crazy for You ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright November 17, 2017 Special to The Alexandria Times

Is there such a thing as a ‘tapa-palooza’? If no one’s yet invented this neologism, I offer it up as a descriptor for Signature’s shiny, splashy production of Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent’s musical comedy, Crazy for You. It’s the only way to explain the […]

A Little Night Music ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright August 29, 2017

Holly Twyford (Desiree Armfeldt) and Bobby Smith (Fredrik Egerman) . Photo by Christopher Mueller

The most difficult reviews to write are the ones in which there is nothing to critique – where the music washes over you like a waterfall, the Noel Cowardesque repartee is both witty […]