“And as I sat there, brooding on the old unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder… his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.”
Itz here. “Gatz.” Adapted from the novel by Fitz. The New York Times has called it “the most remarkable achievement in theater” of the decade. With that kind of acclaim, attention must be paid to the Elevator Repair Service’s stage presentation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel about a Midwesterner named Nick, his gorgeous cousin Daisy and his mysterious Long Island neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
But what is this thing called “Gatz” thatz playing at the REDCAT, the CalArtz theater in back of the Disney Concert hall through Dec. 9? Itz not a retelling of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece but an eight-hour enactment of the novel, delivered word for word by a cast of 13 under the direction of John Collins.
The show opens in the shabby offices of a strange little business, where an employee (played by The Wooster Group’s Scott Shepherd) finds a copy of the book on his cluttered desk and begins reading it out loud. For tix, call the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800.
Chapman University alumni Alexander Price and Katelyn Gault are appearing in the West Coast premiere of “Slipped Disc,” a surreal comedy by Ingrid Lausund. The play is being presented by Green Card Theatre at Son of Semele in Los Angeles through Dec. 23. Directed by Christopher Basile of the Monkey Wrench Collective, the cast includes Nina Sallinen, Jesse Fair, and Basile. Call 213-351-3507.
Hot tip: OC Playwrights Alliance presents their latest Discoveries staged reading Dec. 1 at the Empire Theatre, 202 N. Broadway in Santa Ana, 3:30 p.m. The bill includes new plays by Andrea Sloan Pink, Erica Bennett, John Richardson and John Lane.
Elevator Repair Service’s “Gatz” with Scott Shepherd & Annie McNamara
Photo: Gene Pittman.
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