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.
“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."
“‘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.”
"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."
"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."