Chess does its very best to make you believe that there is nothing sexier than a board game. Signature Theatre has decided to kick the fall season off with the first major production of the show in nearly 20 years and, while some elements feel just a bit undone, it's a bold choice that delivers genuine rewards. And if you've not seen the musical before, it may very well surprise you. For example, all the songs in Chess were written by Tim Rice and a couple of musicians by the names Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson -- better known as half of the band ABBA. The sound is unmistakable. Think carefully coordinated harmonies and big, showy instrumentals. Chess is, without question, Signature's extended Eighties night. Already extended to Oct. 3. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets $55 to $81. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org. (Tom Avila)
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