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Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206
703-820-9771
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"Brother Russia"
73 ratings
4.1 average rating
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53 events
6 reviews
2 stars
attended Mar 07 2012

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

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Karen
27 events
6 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 11 2012

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

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5 events
3 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 11 2012

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

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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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