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  John at Signature Theatre


Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington

When you picture a B&B, you probably see a charming Victorian, a cozy fireplace, lots of doilies and tchotchkes strewn about. But for Elias and Jenny, the young Brooklyn couple at the center of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's John, there's nothing quaint about their little getaway. With their relationship in trouble, the couple checks in only to be greeted by a cheerful yet somehow ... off innkeeper. Soon, it becomes apparent that they're not alone. Shot-through with Baker's wit and lyrical beauty, with shades of the supernatural, John is "so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light" (The New Yorker). Now you can experience it at Signature Theatre in Arlington.

Thru - Apr 29, 2018

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

Box Office: 703-820-9771

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  John Reviews
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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Baker’s ghostly drama “John” is just over three hours, too, roughly the same running time as August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” now at Arena Stage (in other words, let’s not pick on Baker for playing a long game). “John” does not wrap its fingers around you the way “The Flick” did in its excellent 2016 staging at Signature Theatre, even though director Joe Calarco has again created a meticulous, extremely well-acted production. Having loved the gradually radiant “The Flick,” I wanted to love “John,” and that didn’t happen — it’s too slippery, less taut, and definitely not for anyone put off by Baker’s novelistic approach before."
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Nelson Pressley

MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...If you've ever stepped foot in a mid-Atlantic Victorian B&B, replete with nostalgic decor and painfully cheerful bric-a-brac, you will know your tribe. Either you will revel in the tchotchkes and frills or you will be caught in a metaphorical shudder and the fascinating question of who lives like this? Capturing the mood with utter perfection is Signature's production of Annie Baker's John, a funny, haunting, insightful study of intersecting lives."

Kate Wingfield

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...One thing can be said about award-nominated playwright Annie Baker. She captures the human condition in the most realistic of ways. This is no more apparent than in Signature Theatre's production of Baker's latest work, John. Director Joe Calarco delivers his finest staging to date. He's assembled a superb cast that includes the grand dame of DC theater, Nancy Robinette."
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Elliot Lanes

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...Be warned–John is no one-act quickie. John is for those who want to truly observe and listen carefully. For those who have patience with a play’s development of characters. For those with patience with the concept of time spent at the theater."
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David Siegel

MD Theatre Guide - Recommended

"...It is a long play but will reward theatre-goers who enjoy challenging works that demand thinking and feeling in equal terms."
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Mary Ann Johnson

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"..With John, you have to be willing to not only sit with your loneliness, but be with it for longer than the brisk 90-minute running time of most modern plays. This can cause discomfort—empty seats grew in number with each intermission. But on the other side of unease is luxury—the luxury of time spent with women characters in central roles who have all the time in the world to tell their stories, and who dwell peacefully in silence, the watchers and the watched."
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Jayne Blanchard

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