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Ask Sondheim devotees to name their favorite version of Company, the composer’s musical tribute to thirtysomething urban dwellers, and you’ll get a lot of answers. Purists will cite the original cast recording, adding that no one but Elaine Stritch can perfectly deliver “The Ladies Who Lunch.” Fans of the avant garde might pick the 2006 Broadway revival, in which the actors accompanied themselves on flutes, french horns, and trumpets. Some might even name the star-studded but slightly atonal version starring Neil Patrick Harris that played in movie theaters in 2011. For its current version, Signature Theatre has dug deep into its own company: All of the actors have performed in at least two previous productions with the Arlington theater. A dark musical comedy about the woes of adult relationships might hit too close to home, but when your romantic foibles are set to song and dance, they seem a little less troublesome. It’s just like last Saturday night—once more, with feeling.
The production runs May 21 to June 30 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $25-$80. (703) 820-9771. signature-theatre.org.