It’s a sunny day and Sara Jane is valiantly trying to keep it that way. Her young husband, Jerry, is away at war – and though Sara Jane believes in the cause, nothing has seemed quite right lately. Especially the last few messages from Jerry. At least she has her piano – and Jerry’s bourbon – to keep her company as she tries to figure things out. But how far will she go to keep the impending storm at bay? ARLINGTON is a stirring, funny and powerful new work from playwright/novelist Victor Lodato and award-winning composer Polly Pen (Vineyard’s GOBLIN MARKET, BED AND SOFA).
“SARA JANE IS FLAWLESSLY PORTRAYED BY THE GIFTED SINGER ALEXANDRA SILBER!
Ms. Pen’s carefully written but unobtrusive music, and Mr. Lodato’s well-sketched portrait of a young woman beginning to question the beliefs she’s been raised with, are certainly nicely integrated; the music and lyrics mirror each other in mood perfectly. Ms. Pen’s music follows the wanderings of Sara Jane’s mind dutifully and with agility. Ms. Silber gives an impressive, confident and musically lustrous performance. Her soprano has a bright, blooming sheen.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“ALEXANDRA SILBER’S PERFORMANCE COULDN’T BE MORE GORGEOUS.”
Sara Jane (played by Silber), who grew up in a military family and describes herself as “weak,” starts off singing about how great her man is, but by the end of this hour-long play she is devastated, having slowly, inadvertently, revealed to the audience the horror of war as she understands it—and, tragically, she understands it intimately.
– The New Yorker
“’ARLINGTON’ IS A SUBVERSIVE DELIGHT!
A tightly packed little firecracker!”
– James Hannaham, Village Voice
“THE PRODIGIOUSLY GIFTED ALEXANDRA SILBER IS TERRIFIC!
A joy to watch and hear.”
– Adam Feldman, Time Out
“MS. SILBER’S PERFORMANCE IS EXTRAORDINARY,
at once vulnerable and forceful, confident and in fine voice for the duration.
The music, by Polly Pen, is melodic and lovely”
– Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer
Silber has golden pipes and sturdy acting chops and expertly conveys
Sara’s shifting state of mind and her sweetness, uncertainty and despair.”
– Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News
“SILBER’S FIERCE COMMAND OF THE STAGE SHINES THROUGH!
Victor Lodato and Polly Pen have developed a unique and compelling
theatrical approach to addressing the unsolvable riddles of the nature of war.”
– Hayley Levitt, TheaterMania
“THIS IS A HANDSOMELY PRESSED, POLISHED, AND AFFECTING WORK!
ALEXANDRA SILBER IS A WONDER AS SARA JANE,
Gorgeous, full-weight legit music.”
– Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway
“ALEXANDRA SILBER GIVES AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE!
Ben Moss is equally adept musically,
while bringing convincing depth of character.
Lodato’s text creates a poetic exploration of a woman caught in a crisis of thought.
Arlington provides a worthwhile example of how seriously thoughtful and adventurous
dramatic writing can be incorporated into the realm of musical theatre.
– Ron Cohen, NYtheatrenow.com
“AN EXCELLENT AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING SHOW!
Carefully and smartly written.
Silber’s nuanced portrayal of Sara’s transformation is exceptional.
– Gregory A. Wilson, CurtainUp
An inaugural version of ARLINGTON was commissioned and presented by PREMIERES in New York City; Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director.
The full-length version of ARLINGTON was commissioned and given its world premiere on November 20, 2013 by Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA. Loretta Greco, Producing Artistic Director.
This production is made possible in part by a grant from The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.
Photo by Eric Pargac.