A House in the ’40s, Songs of Today

Suavely dragging on their cigarettes, tippling from their pocket flasks, and striking grandly languorous poses, the characters in the new musical “February House” look as if they stepped out of some fabulous movie Bette Davis forgot to make. But don’t be deceived. As soon as they open their mouths, it’s clear that while their outfits, the masterly work of Jess Goldstein, speak nostalgically of the 1940s, their songs absolutely, unconditionally sing of today — and herald the arrival of a major talent on the musical theater scene.