Everybody at The Signature (Possible small staging spoilers)
Posted by: ntjvy05:32 pm EDT 03/15/17
I was pleasantly surprised by this production last night. I didn't know much going in, except that it was loosely modeled on the Medieval play Everyman. I hadn't heard great things going in however, mostly negative feedback from people who were fond of Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins previous work, and found that this fell short of it. I am also not so much a straight play person, as I am a musical person. All of that being said, I think if you've been on the fence about this, it's worth catching before it closes this weekend.
I was a stage manager for many years, and I've seen a lot of off-broadway productions try non-traditional staging. For me, it always fell flat and felt forced. That doesn't seem to be the case here. The staging feels deeply connected to the universality of the play. Maybe I'm just at a point in my life where the idea of mortality, kinship, friendship and love are heavy on my mind, but whatever the impetuous, it resonated with me deeply. My friend, who practically dragged me along, because again, this is not my typical fare, was equally excited but for different reasons. There was a major tech snafu towards the end, that meant a surprise ten minute intermission, but otherwise super smooth show.
I know there have been some naysayers here (maybe positive too, but I missed those if so!) , just wanted to be a quick yay voice on this one. If you get a chance this weekend, it's well worth the time.