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Jenna Sokolowski, Sam Ludwig (seated), James Gardiner and Erin Driscoll

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

The question, then, is whether

Signature Theatre
April 6th —June 27th
Book by Hunter Bell
Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Jeff: Sam Ludwig
Hunter: James Gardiner
Susan: Jenna Sokolowski
Heidi: Erin Driscoll
Larry/Piano: Gabriel Mangiante
Directed and choreographed by Matthew Gardiner
ARK Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
Ticket Information: 703-820-9771 or 1-800-955-5566 or

-- Susan Berlin

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