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  Gun and Powder at Signature Theatre

Gun and Powder

Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington

Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West.

Thru - Feb 23, 2020

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: $80 - $100

Box Office: 703-820-9771

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  Gun and Powder Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...The inspired songwriting team, unveiling the results in a marvelously sung world premiere at Signature Theatre, have settled on about two dozen numbers — and a show traversing the rich and rocky terrain of American biracial identity. It’s a musical about having the right to choose who you want to be, in a country so riven by tribalism that improvising a new racial persona can seem the most subversive act imaginable."
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Peter Marks

MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...Based on the real-life exploits of outlaw sisters Mary and Martha Clarke, Angelica Chéri and Ross Baum’s musical, Gun & Powder, in a World Premiere engagement at Signature Theatre, takes off from small-town Texas in 1893 on an intricately layered and gloriously sung journey into American history."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...As a reviewer you generally find something wrong with a production no matter how much you enjoy it. Signature Theatre's latest World Premiere Musical Gun & Powder is a rare breed of show because it is literally a perfect theatrical experience. Under the fantastic direction of Robert O'Hara it features a superb cast, a compelling story, and possibly one of the best new scores of the season to be heard here or anywhere else."
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Elliot Lanes

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...Gun & Powder was conceived by Angelica Chéri, who wrote the book and lyrics based on the lives of her two great-great aunts, Mary and Martha Clarke. They were light-skinned African American twins whose sharecropper single mother, Tallulah Clarke (Marva Hicks), was deep in debt to their white landlord. On impulse, Mary (Solea Pfeiffer) and Martha (Emmy Raver-Lampman) decide to head west and pass for white in order to get money for their mother by any means necessary."
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John Stoltenberg

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Gun & Powder opens in the cotton fields of Marlin, Texas in 1893 where-although slavery had been abolished for nearly three decades-life for African Americans working the fields for white sharecroppers was much the same. A chorus of "kinfolk," sets the stage for the story of Mary and Martha Clarke, light-skinned twins born to a black field worker, Tallulah (the worship-worthy Broadway veteran Marva Hicks) and a white father who quickly took his leave."
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Meaghan Hannan Davant

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