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“The Little Theatre That Could” 5 of 5 stars
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Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 820-9771
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Ranked #16 of 71 things to do in Arlington
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“The Little Theatre That Could”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

In a nutshell, if you want to go to a small, intimate theatre that consistently features top quality Broadway style shows, then this is the theatre for you. Add in the fact that the theatre doesn't have a bad seat in the house and is surrounded by upscale restaurants and shops (all within walking distance) - - it's easy to see why so many people "in the know" keep coming back to this unique place.

We saw Dreamgirls and Miss Saigon at the Signature. Both shows featured a talented cast that rivals Broadway and a rich production value that far exceeds the size of the theatre. You can't see the band and/or orchestra, but the music is so good you actually think it's pre-recorded. Contrary to the bigger theatres on Broadway, the audience sits so close to the stage that everyone must feel they have a first row seat. Absolutely love the place.

Visited September 2013
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Alexandria, VA
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“EXCELLENT LOCAL THEATER, WIDE VARIETY, MISS SAIGON WAS TERRIFIC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We go to the Signature about three times a year. Today we saw an excellent remake of MISS SAIGON. We first saw this in 1991 in The Broadway Theater in New York City. The version we saw today, directed by Eric Schaffer, was quite different than the original one. We liked it particularly because of the performance by The Engineer. We enjoyed the vocals and recommend you see it. TIP, try seats in the back Row H center.

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“PLAYS ARE TOUGH TO RATE!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Went to see miss saigon at the SIGNATURE theatre outside washington d.c. The play first came out in the mid 80's to considerable controversy because of the rawness of the vietnamese war. The story is well told and well directed now and the lead access has a wonderful voice; support was very good but a bit inconsistent. Considering it is 30 years later in a small "local" theatre, this production is well worth seeing

Visited September 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Theatre at the Signature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Signature is a pleasant theatre with 2 stages, one a traditional arrangement with the actors facing the audience straight on and the second with seating on 3 sides of the stage. My wife and I have seen performances at the Signature a number of times during the last several years. The performances are at least good, and occasionally outstanding. We particularly enjoy the intimacy of the stage with audience on 3 sides. The designs of both performance areas are such that every seat would give a good view.

Visited November 2012
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“Signature Open House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I LOVE Signature theater, it is a local theater gem!

Every summer keep your eyes peeled they have a FREE open house with concert in Shirlington Village. The open house is awesome and has great deals on season tickets. I took advantage of this deal and have been enjoying shows throughout the season.

Great place to visit, great location with restaurants for before or after show activities.

Visited August 2012
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