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From 4 critic and 38 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Intelligent, Epic, Absorbing, Masterful

About the show

In Elevator Repair Service's celebrated, 8-hour production "The Great Gatsby" is delivered word for word, startlingly brought to life by a low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations. More…

One morning in the shabby office of a mysterious small business, an employee finds a copy of "The Great Gatsby" in the clutter on his desk. He starts to read it out loud and doesn’t stop. At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book or the book is transforming him. 

New York Stage Review

“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." Full Review


“‘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.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"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." Full Review

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.

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.

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.

Also An exhausting work requiring 8.5 hours of mental attention (even durin... Read more Read less

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.

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

Also I have seen the 2 most recent Gatsby films but think Gatz much better ... Read more Read less

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.

Also This play is in four installments with a dinner break. It starts out w... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you haven't read The Great Gatsby since high school and love intelligent staging and terrific, understated acting.

Don't see it if you are not open to a new theatrical experience and are impatient.

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.

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.

Absorbing, Epic, Masterful

See it if You like the Great gatsby and you’re interested in seeing a fascinating production or if you like experimental theatre

Don't see it if The thought of an 8 hour show sounds like a nightmare to you

Utterly absorbing, Beautiful acting, Mysterious, Unique theatrical experience, Deep, rich, dreamlike

See it if You're prepared to spend a day & night falling into the pages of a great novel, revealed to you in ways you've never imagined. Extraordinary

Don't see it if It's.Really.Long. Yes, there are breaks, but still. If you don't like the book, this may not chge yr mind. But honestly? it just might...

Also I don't think I can add much to what others have said here. Who would ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you've always found prior adaptations of Fitzgerald's masterpiece disappointing and couldn't quite articulate what was missing.

Don't see it if you can't sit in a theater seat for 6 hours. Pro tip: Move from the orchestra to the box seats for a perfect view and ample leg room.

Also The Elevator Repair Service's production of "Gatz" is the only success... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, of course!, Epic, Intense

See it if This is a transformative experience. I have read Gatsby about 3 times but this was different. Scott Shepherd's performance was incredible!

Don't see it if The drawback is that you need a whole day to experience this work. If you will not want to sit for so many hours it may not be for you.

Also I don't think this is for everyone, but I do think that if you want to... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if East coast capitalist dreams big, gets wish, then awakens. Worth the price of sacrificing a day of your life to be read to for poetic prose.

Don't see it if Adaptation needs not apply here, but if you comply with the gimmick and all the breaks, like a Wagnerian opera, what remains is profundity.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense

See it if reverence for language, the great work of Fitzgerald word-for-word & "how will they pull it off?" makes you swoon with anticipation.

Don't see it if every word of the novel--8hrs (w intermissions & dinner break) makes you want to run! If you can't sit still, not for you.

Also So happy I saw this on one of the deep freeze winter days in NYC. GATZ... Read more Read less

Practically perfect theater, Ambitious, Creative interpretation, Great writing

See it if Immersion in one of the great American novels, charmingly related, innovatively staged. A long time to sit but so well paced.

Don't see it if This is an 8 hour production. One or two of the actors are not quite up to the ability of the others.

Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Epic, Masterful

See it if you know the book - or haven't read it. It is quite literally the great American novel, presented whole onstage. rare & extraordinary.

Don't see it if the show takes many, many hours. It is tiring. It is emotionally draining. It is great art.

Also What ERS does to create the entire universe of the book is amazing- fe... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see something totally different, absorbing and don't mind the length. It's terrific.

Don't see it if You have a hard time sitting through an 8 hour play (it's actually 6 1/2 hours. You get two 15 minute intermissions and a dinner break)

Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a masterful staging of a classic book. Innovative and refreshing.

Don't see it if you cannot sit for 6 hours.

Riveting, Great writing, Great concept, Ambitious, Long

See it if you want a gr Amer novel to come alive. Your commitment is large (8 hrs!) but so is the pay-off. Writing is lush, poetic, insightful, funny.

Don't see it if you like lavish prodns (this isn't) or dislike FSF. Often played for laughs, wh can distract. A few of actors weren't great. Still, dazzling

Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if Fascinating presentation of Great Gatsby by talented actors who display their vast abilities while novel is read from cover to cover.

Don't see it if You don’t like to be read to and can’t sit through 8 hours of a performance even with breaks.

Also An 8 hour marathon with two intermissions and a dinner break. Time goe... Read more Read less

Masterful, Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if You love the Great Gatsby.

Don't see it if If you don't have the interest or patience to sit for over 8 hours.

Clever, Epic, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if If you liked "Great Gatsby" at all as a teenager in English class, you will find this acted out version extremely clever.

Don't see it if Since it is read aloud, word-for-word, this is a marathon! Go only if you can appreciate that....

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if Heard The great Gatsby in an all new, adult way. Suprised at the humor. Amazing adaptation of the whole novel

Don't see it if you are overwhelmed by alcoholism and scenes of domestic violence

Gatsby verbatim reading gets more theatrical as it unfolds

See it if The conceit of office worker reading the novel to pass time, drags at first, but picks up as more of the cast acts out the novel.

Don't see it if you can't sit for long periods, but i was engaged the whole time. Two intermissions and a dinner break. A triumph for Scott Shepherd as Nick