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Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206
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3.7 / 5 Rated by 15 members
Review from Liz
8 events 6 reviews

The acting was great, the music well done, and the play stayed true to the novel. It felt a little long and seemed liked it ended abruptly, without entirely resolving the mystery, but definitely worth seeing.

The theatre is really nice, with a...continued

reviewed Aug 26 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Dennis Rabinovitz
30 events 4 reviews

Highly recommended. Terrific set design, lighting and staging. Talented ensemble & leads. Great music & lyrics. Quirky characters with entertaining scenes. An enjoyable creation. Expect it to go far.

reviewed Sep 02 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from John Hauge
Red Velvet 109 events 20 reviews

Final result was puzzling. Certain characters not fully fleshed out as to their purpose in the musical. Very well sung and staged.

reviewed Sep 25 2011 report as inappropriate
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“[Adam Gwon is] an extremely talented composer and lyricist” who “is seriously going places.” — The New York Sun,


Book by Joe Meno

Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon

Based on novel The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno

Scenic Design Derek McLane

Costume Design Kathleen Geldard

Lighting Design Chris Lee

Sound Design Matt Rowe

Orchestrations Andy Einhorn

Music Directon Gabriel Mangiante

Choreographed by Karma Camp

Directed by Joe Calarco

The Boy Detective Fails, based on Joe Meno’s acclaimed novel, tells the story of Billy Argo, “boy detective.” In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, a broken-hearted Billy faces a mystery he can’t comprehend – the shocking death of his young sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline. Ten years later, a 30-year old Billy returns to his quiet New Jersey town after an extended stay at St. Vitus’ Hospital for the mentally ill. Although determined to solve the mystery of Caroline’s death and right old wrongs, he instead discovers a world full of unimaginable strangeness, beauty and love.

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