Gypsy (review)

Gypsy (review)
Gypsy (review)
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THE PLAY: Gypsy Rose Lee was the world’s most famous striptease artist, but this 50s musical revolves around Mama Rose, literally the definition of pushy stage mom. It follows her desperate efforts to make both of her daughters stars.

 

THE PRODUCTION: From the first booming notes of the overture, this fantastic orchestra (under the direction of Jose Simbulan) inspires hopes for a rousing production. And some of it is. The show is full of strong singers, good performances and big staging. As Mama Rose, Robyn O’Neill has a powerhouse voice that lands every song. Rose also needs to be a “force of nature” and O’Neill feels more busy and vulnerable than dynamically overbearing. Director Chase Kniffen has taken a classic approach, which makes the show competent but a bit clunky. The technical aspects are all traditionally attractive. (Somebody goofed on the “Farm” stand sign at the Sunday matinee.)

 

THE POINT: While the singing and performances are good, the production lacks punch and pizzazz.

 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

 

At Virginia Rep’s November Theatre thru 1/10

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

Robyn O'Neill and Chris Hietikko (on either side of chair) and ensemble. Photo by Aaron Sutten.

Robyn O’Neill and Chris Hietikko (on either side of chair) and ensemble. (Photo by Aaron Sutten)

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