Regional Reviews: Washington, D.C.
To begin with, the characters retain the names and quirks of their originators, but the director has organized a tight ensemble of talented performers whose easy camaraderie stems from a shared history at Signature. James Gardiner, twin brother of the director, plays Hunter; playing Heidi is Erin Driscoll, who appeared opposite James in The Witches of Eastwick; Jenna Sokolowski, who played Little Sally to Driscoll's Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (and both received Helen Hayes Awards), is Susan; and Sam Ludwig, who joined Driscoll in the just-closed production of Sweeney Todd, is Jeff. Joining them is pianist Gabriel Mangiante, who has worked on several Signature musicals and cabaret performances.
Beyond that, the Gardiner brothers have another major credit at Signature that serves as a touchstone for this production. Like Hunter, James wrote the book for a four-character musical that premiered on Broadway in 2008, and Matthew was its assistant director. However, unlike
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