John Collins stages the six-hour production (presented in two parts) that utilizes every word of Fitzgerald classic. The stage work — created by New York troupe Elevator Repair Service — performs through Feb. 7.
According to press notes, "Gatz begins one morning in the low-rent office of a mysterious small business when an employee finds a ragged old copy of 'The Great Gatsby' in the clutter of his desk and starts to read it out loud. And doesn't stop. At first his coworkers hardly seem to notice, but then strange coincidences start happening in the office, one after another, until it's no longer clear whether he's reading the book or the book is doing something to him…"
The cast includes Scott Shepherd, Victoria Vazquez, Jim Fletcher, and Gary Wilmes. Completing the ensemble are Susie Sokol, Sibyl Kempson, Laurena Allan, Aaron Landsman, Frank Boyd, Annie McNamara, Kristen Sieh, Kate Scelsa, Vin Knight, Mike Iveson, Ben Williams and Ross Fletcher.
Here is a look at the production:
A.R.T. is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA. For tickets, visit AmericanRepertoryTheater.org.