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By • Apr 19th, 2010 • Category: Reviews
[title of show]
Signature Theatre
Signature Theatre, Arlingotn, VA
Through June 27
90 minutes
$52-$76
Reviewed April 11, 2010, 2010

[title of show], now in Signature’s ARK theatre is a blast. Full of wit and zaniness, coupled with some of the better voices in the area, this production will leave you smiling and happy.

With James Gardiner playing Hunter, one of two struggling writers and Sam Ludwig playing Jeff , you can’t miss. These two actors set the tone for the evening and once set, the show grows until the end of the show. Both Gardiner and Ludwig perform with musical expertise and acting acumen. Gardiner’s energy is so exciting; he propels the audience into frenzy of laughter and frolic. Joining in the fun and frolic is his characters partner, Jeff, and Ludwig grounds this play throughout. Sam’s vocals alone are nothing short of amazing. Now you add the other three cast members, the lovely and vivacious Erin Driscoll (Heidi), Jenna Sokolowski (Susan) and Gabriel Mangiante (Larry/Piano), who is also [title of show]‘s musical director, and you’ve got a smashing show. Erin Driscoll is brilliant singing “A Way Back to Then.” Jenna Sokolowski’s “Die Vampire, Die” is fabulous as she leads the ensemble cast through the number. This cast is as ensemble of a musical cast as you can get. [title of show] is a delightful show for all adults to see.

This play is masterfully directed by Matthew Gardiner. Matthew Gardiner keeps his actors on pace throughout the show and fills every possible moment with the realities of the characters’ lives. His choreography is witty and fun and expertly performed by his ensemble cast.

This is a 90 minute show with no intermission, but [title of show] provides all the story and music of a full, with intermission, musical extravaganza! Highly recommended.

Photo Gallery

Erin Driscoll, Sam Ludwig, Gabriel Mangiante, James Gardiner, and Jenna Sokolowski Sam Ludwig stars as Jeff
Erin Driscoll, Sam Ludwig, Gabriel Mangiante, James Gardiner, and Jenna Sokolowski
Sam Ludwig stars as Jeff
Sam Ludwig and James Gardiner star as Jeff and Hunter James Gardiner and Sam Ludwig star as Hunter and Jeff
Sam Ludwig and James Gardiner star as Jeff and Hunter
James Gardiner and Sam Ludwig star as Hunter and Jeff
James Gardiner stars as Hunter James Gardiner stars as Hunter
James Gardiner stars as Hunter
James Gardiner stars as Hunter
Jenna Sokolowski stars as Susan Sam Ludwig, Jenna Sokolowski, James Gardiner, and Erin Driscoll
Jenna Sokolowski stars as Susan
Sam Ludwig, Jenna Sokolowski, James Gardiner, and Erin Driscoll
Sam Ludwig, Erin Driscoll, James Gardiner, and Jenna Sokolowski Jenna Sokolowski, Sam Ludwig (seated), James Gardiner, and Erin Driscoll
Sam Ludwig, Erin Driscoll, James Gardiner, and Jenna Sokolowski
Jenna Sokolowski, Sam Ludwig (seated), James Gardiner, and Erin Driscoll
Erin Driscoll stars as Heidi
Erin Driscoll stars as Heidi

Photos by Karin Cooper.

Cast

  • Jeff: Sam Ludwig
  • Hunter: James Gardiner
  • Susan Jenna Sokolowski
  • Heidi: Erin Driscoll
  • Larry/Piano: Gabriel Mangiante
  • Understudies:
    • Jeff: Sean Maurice Lynch
    • Hunter: Joshua Morgan
    • Susan: Jan Johns
    • Heidi: Madeline Botteri
    • Larry: Jonathan Tuzman

Crew

  • Director: Matthew Gardiner
  • Production Manager: Timothy H. O’Connell
  • Choreographer: Matthew Gardiner
  • Scenic Design: Adam Koch
  • Costume Design: Kristopher Castle
  • Lighting Design: Mark Lanks
  • Sound Design: Matt Rowe
  • Production Stage Manager: Julie Meyer
  • Assistant Music Director: Jonathan Tuzman
  • Assistant Director: Clementine Thomas
  • Music Director: Gabriel Mangiante

Disclaimer: Signature Theatre provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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has been involved in theatre for over 40 years in the local Washington DC Metro area as well as NYC and London England. Mark has performed at the Dramatist Guild Theatre on Broadway, at The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre Off-Broadway. His credits include work in many local theatres as well: The Folger Theatre Group, Arena Stage, New Playwrights Theatre, 7th Street Players, The Keegan Theatre, The American Century Theatre, The Journeyman Theatre, ASTA Theatre, The Hayloft Dinner Theatre (Associate Producer), The Lazy Susan Theatre, Discovery Channels, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (Frankenstein) with Donald Sutherland. London, England credits include work at: The Duke of York Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, The Questors Theatre, The British Embassy Players. Mark is a graduate of The Drama Studio, London, England. Mark is also a narrator of audio books for Gildan Audio: “True North”, by Bill George; “Never Give Up”, by Tedy Bruschi and “Five Minds for the Future”, by Howard Gardner among them. Mark currently teaches Advanced Acting at The Little Theatre of Alexandria and still performs locally in many theatres.

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  1. Saw [title of show] at the Vineyard in NY before they moved to the Lyric, and I have to say that I was curious about what changed in transition and how it would look once the rights became available. Now I know and I can say without any reservations: See this show! Whether you’re a hard-core theatre geek or you just want entertainment, this is the show to see. It’s an insightful, funny, thought-provoking view of how theatre is made.