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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

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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