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.
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
See it if you haven't read The Great Gatsby (or haven't in a long time) & want someone to read it to you; you want to see ERS at their inventive best.
Don't see it if you are looking for a new, bold, deep or meaningful interpretation of Fitzgerald's text; you prefer a sprint to a marathon.
See it if you'd like to see a piece that successfully challenges the limits of what can be done on stage.
Don't see it if you feel the novel ultimately succumbs to its sentimentality: this piece challenges theatrical norms, but not the novel's soggy ending.
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.
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
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
See it if Love the Great Gatsby and want it in a very stylized way, word for word
Don't see it if Wanted to love it. The matter-of-fact acting style bothered me. About 2/3 of the way into it I just wanted it to be over.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You want to see something completely different - a reading of the Great Gatsby - partially acted. You have a good visual imagination.
Don't see it if You want a straight play - this isn't it. You can't sit through > 8 hours of theater. This is a 2 part with dinner break play.
See it if If you like hugely complex, absorbing, unusual, physical, funny independent theater that won’t let go for a full 8 hours- inc. intermissions
Don't see it if You don’t like Great Gatsby the novel, or intensely literary based work. If the long running time might cause you problems.(90 min dinner.)
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.
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.
See it if You'd like to see a great novel dramatized, and can stay interested for a long time
Don't see it if The last act was best but comes after 6 hours of a play that demands but doesn't earn your attention.
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
See it if you are an uber Great Gatsby fan and long to hear the text spoken.
Don't see it if you would be majorly bored by hearing Gatsby as a book on tape during an eight hour road trip.
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.