The Signature Theater in the Shirlington Village in Arlington VA is having an open house today Saturday Aug. 2 (until 9 PM) to launch its 2008-2009 season. There is a new parking garage to the south of the theater on the main street, but I was lucky to find a space in the older one.
The main website for the theater is this.
The large printed schedule for the new season, with a décor based on the New York City subway system, offers “Ace” (music by Richard Oberacher, book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacher), “Giant”, a musical based on Edna Ferber’s novel with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, and a single performance in October of Stephen Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle.” That title reminds me of the old urban legend from the 1950s that gay men can’t whistle.
The Signature has two stages, called the Max and the Ark. The art gallery on the mezzanine includes a picture of the small brick building near Four Mile Run that used to house the theater.
Some of the events for today include a Stage Combat Workshop, a Plaza Concert, a Sondheim Sing-along, and a Peter Lerman lobby performance.
I saw "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Signature in March of this year.
The new Shirlington Branch of the Arlington County Public Library is on the same plaza.