I'm going next week. I shelled out more money than I'm used to, partly because the person I'm going with is a big Gatsby fan, and also I'm very curious to see it. The thing is, I hated their Measure For Measure, but I'm slightly more optimistic about Gatz because, based on what I've seen and read about it, it seems like there is a more well-thought out framing concept for the delivery of the text. As opposed to M4M which truly felt like a pointless gimmick. I also think my mindset changes when I'm in for a marathon event compared to a normal-length show. I feel more willing to sit through things when they're 5+ hours than I do when they're 2+ hours.
I consider it one of the great theatre experiences ever. Saw the original, happy to return now. But to each their own. Def not for everyone but there is a host of positive writing about it from all over the world.
Well, since I'm seeing it at the Berkeley Rep next month, and bringing along my skeptical partner, I certainly hope I agree more with HogansHero than some of you. I'm looking forward to it, but I can certainly understand why the long day's journey into night wouldn't be for everyone. It might not be for me, although the novel is one of my favorites (which might help, or might not).
This show has always intrigued me because like many of you, The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. However, I also have noticed that there has never been a truly successful stage adaptation of the story.Film is different, and maybe I'm in the minority here, but I consider Baz Luhrmann's movie to be the best dramatic adaptation of the story. If he had only included the important ending scene with Gatsby's father, I'd even call it definitive.
I've gone twice, and I'd go again.
We're also going to the Berkeley Rep performance next month. I do generally like Gatsby, plus I like listening to audiobooks, so I'm cautiously optimistic. And if absolutely nothing else, it's an excuse to get food at Gecko Gecko.
As noted earlier in the thread, I saw the show when it was in NYC most recently. I had some personal criticisms of the way they handled the framing device later in the show, but it was a really cool experience overall. I was pretty beat by the end of it though, and I'd be lying if my attention didn't waver somewhat at certain points. It's quite marathon. Glad I went though, and glad I stayed for the whole thing.
Ado Annie D'Ysquith said: "However, I also have noticed that there has never been a truly successful stage adaptation of the story."This is a curious statement. It's not like Gatz is some new as-yet unseen show. And while there are of course people (here and elsewhere) who did not enjoy it (as is true of every show), it would be hard to say, objectively, that it is not "truly successful."
I'm with those on team snooze-fest. Maybe the most emperor's new clothes moment of my theatergoing career.
The show is both brilliant and tedious.
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