Theater review: GATZ

October 29, 2010

My review of Elevator Repair Service‘s Gatz at the Public Theater, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, has just been posted on CultureVulture.net.

“For most of the performance, Shepherd is holding the book in his hand and referring to it. But in the last 20 minutes or so, he stops reading and starts speaking the lines from memory. Slowly, throughout the show, the set has been clearing out. The tables that were loaded with computers, phones, papers and books has been cleared off, so by the end Shepherd is sitting behind it speaking directly to the audience. (I couldn’t help seeing this image as something of an homage to Spalding Gray.) It felt like nobody in the audience breathed for the last 10 minutes, hanging on the final paragraphs of the book, at the end of a long, beautiful, tragic tale of love, money, and American dreams.”

You can read the complete review online here.

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