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4116 Star Starred
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206
703-820-9771
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 73 members
Review from Duane Snodgrass

It was definitely a very different type of musical. I have to say I am VERY happy I didn't pay full price.

reviewed Mar 07 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Karen

Pros: Interesting staging, lead guy had a very good voice. Cons: The "play within a play" really didn't work-- the script fizzled out about half-way through. The conceit of Rasputin having a tender, loving side was totally belied by his cruelty...continued

reviewed Mar 11 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Margimom

Talented cast but music was labored and forced and lyrics uninspired. Script needs a lot of editing.

reviewed Mar 11 2012 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Dempsey’s lyrics are exceptionally witty, and Rowe’s music jaunty and tuneful, yet with the sophisticated sweep of a Sondheim.” —Time
See a video preview of the show on Signature Theatre’s website.
Named “Most Anticipated New Musical” for Spring 2012 by the Washington Post.

Description

Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey

Music by Dana Rowe

Directed by Eric Schaeffer

In a desolate potato field north of Omsk, a comically fourth-rate Russian theatre troupe sets up its tents and wows the local farmers with rock-fueled adaptations of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Tonight, however, the company will toss classic literature aside to showcase the life story of their impresario and star, the seemingly immortal Brother Russia – more commonly known as Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. Yes, that Rasputin: the hypnotic mystic who seduced and ruled the Tsar and Tsarina in the waning days of Imperial Russia.

_Brother Russia _contains theatrical haze, strobe lights, cigarette smoke, gunshots, and adult situations. No one younger than 6 years old will be admitted into the theater.

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