December 31, 2006.By Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press.
4. “Gypsy,” produced by Theatre Latte Da Borrowing technique from British director John Doyle, who has been experimenting with pared-down and re-imagined stagings of such musicals as “Sweeny Todd” and “Company” on Broadway, Peter Rothstein gave local audiences a gritty, effective “Gypsy” in which the actors doubled as musicians.
My favorite moment was – and remains – the scene in which a parade of characters from the life of ultimate stage mother Mama Rose filed past in a gauzy parade near the end of the end of the show.
They quietly assemble into a rag-tag orchestra and accompanied Jody Briskey as she bulled her way through a nervous breakdown of a song called “Rose’s Turn.”
Museum treatments of beloved old musicals have a musty air about them, but Rothstein’s fresh vision took the best of the old show, canted it and then re-presented it to audiences in a way that felt both familiar and new.