Gatz
Starts Nov 2024 6h 15m
Gatz
86

Gatz NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(38 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
8%
Negative
3%
Members say
Ambitious, Intelligent, Epic, Absorbing, Masterful

About the Show

In a shabby office, an employee reads "The Great Gatsby" aloud, blurring fiction and reality.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (38)

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152 Reviews | 12 Followers
99
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if 8 hours may seem like a lot, but this production flys by due to the great acting. It’s an event that you shouldn’t miss.

Don't see it if If you don’t like F Scott Fitzgerald Or the book. Of if you can’t sit for 8 hours...with breaks.

73 Reviews | 15 Followers
98
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing

See it if You believe that "The Great Gatsby" is the Great American novel. & if you have a day to commit to it. It lasts nearly 10 hrs (with breaks).

Don't see it if You are not a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The cast reads and interprets The Great Gatsby, so if you know the novel, there are no spoilers.

480 Reviews | 194 Followers
98
Phenomenal tour de force, Masterful, Exceptional tribute to an iconic novel and author whose dazzling language is pure poetry, Intelligent concept, Gripping even if you know what’s coming next

See it if a lover of: language, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, and/or immersive theatre that ensnares you without having to leave your seat.

Don't see it if you can’t sit for long periods, have no interest in an extended “reading” of a 1925 American classic; a “careless driver" who won’t get it. Read more

194 Reviews | 38 Followers
97
Ambitious, Riveting, Epic, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want to revel in the beauty of Fitzgerald’s text like never before.

Don't see it if you aren’t in it for the long haul. It’s 8 hours.

777 Reviews | 333 Followers
97
Hearing every word of "the great gatsby" narrated & acted must-see event for those who appreciate "so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" and all the words before that

See it if magic; persuasive acting, fine set/lighting/sound effects bring 2 life book’s anguished love story & ribald satire where Am dream goes awry

Don't see it if you are not prepared for a two part marathon that lasts over 6 hours; but if you hang in, you’ll be taken on almost a spiritual journey Read more

372 Reviews | 84 Followers
97
Transformative, Life changing, Masterful, Profound, Ambitious

See it if This eight-hour extravaganza is unlike anything I've ever experienced. The play is acted around/through a reading of the novel Great Gatsby.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental, or outside the box theater or don't like the novel The Great​ Gatsby. Read more

332 Reviews | 109 Followers
96
Epic, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if You enjoy epic and imaginative works of theatre. You want an investigation of classes in America.

Don't see it if You find listening to narration boring. You want perfect realism in staging.

167 Reviews | 10 Followers
95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You love Fitzgerald's beautiful writing and want to experience the magic of theater.

Don't see it if You are not up for a very long (more than 8 hours with breaks) experience. You want elaborate sets and costumes.

Critic Reviews (4)

New York Stage Review
January 28th, 2019
For a previous production

“The absolute best ‘Great Gatsby’ stage version is the Elevator Repair Service’s ‘Gatz’...The ERS faithfulness to Fitzgerald distinguishes this magnificent offering...Indeed, Fitzgerald’s final series of scenes are beautifully wrought, are hypnotic, are the author’s excoriation of the decade’s arrogance."
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TheaterScene.net
February 4th, 2019
For a previous production

“‘I can't believe I missed this the first time around,’ declared a lucky audience member who attended the return of Elevator Repair Service's brilliant ‘Gatz’ (2012), its ingenious theatricalization of the entire-word-for-word-’The Great Gatsby’ (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American tale of lush life on the North Shore of Long Island in the fabled Twenties. This lady was able to bask in the unpredictable storytelling performed by a company of very patient and talented actors.”
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Theatre is Easy
January 27th, 2019
For a previous production

"An epic, 8-hour staging of Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' that is arguably more entertaining than watching a film version or reading the book by yourself...It is indeed possible to enjoy spending most of a day watching an ensemble of thirteen read a book onstage...Through unhurried reflection on and reconstruction of the novel, Elevator Repair Service makes a meta work of art...Collins is to be congratulated for guiding a cast of thirteen through such a sustained storytelling event."
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Exeunt Magazine
January 29th, 2019
For a previous production

"It is, intentionally, exhausting, for actors and audience alike. Like any long haul, there is a period in the middle where it’s uncertain as to whether continuing on will be worth the work. And like the more memorable durational experiences, the last third is exceedingly exhilarating...It’s an infectious seduction of a novel, and hearing it read out loud is surprisingly effective in and of itself...Each word was required to keep the spell from breaking."
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