Arizona Daily Star
– “By the end of the evening, THERE WAS A LONGING TO SEE IT AGAIN. AND THEN AGAIN… This adaptation by Simon Levy clearly understood that Fitzgerald’s words are sacred and can’t be improved upon. What was added, deleted or changed to adapt the story to the stage was so faithful to Fitzgerald that it became seamless. Stephen Wrentmore, ATC’s associate artistic director, directed this piece with a reverence for the language and the story. The sets were simple but the vision grand – a revolving stage quickly brought us from one location to another; minimalistic set pieces were used to suggest opulence, or poverty, or a hydroplane. There’s a purity to this story and its characters that Wrentmore honored and underscored… This is “The Great Gatsby,” faithful to Fitzgerald and to the spirit of the novel. EXPECTATIONS WERE FAR EXCEEDED.”
– “WELL-CRAFTED ADAPTATION… Amazing… This show is full of magical moments… Many brilliant turns of Fitzgerald’s words into succinct on-stage moments… This production of “The Great Gatsby” is worth seeing even for those not familiar with the novel. Though the book still deserves reading, think of the play as the most delightful, animated Cliffs Notes you’ll ever find. The show has quality professional acting, exceptional stagecraft… highly creative writing and direction. It is A SUMPTUOUS PRODUCTION THAT JOYFULLY DEMONSTRATES THE STRENGTHS THAT THE STAGE BRINGS TO STORYTELLING, even to a masterwork like Fitzgerald’s hallowed novel.” – “There’s a place that makes for A GREAT DATE NIGHT in Tucson right now, as the Arizona Theater Company presents “The Great Gatsby” through March 17. A story tangled with romance and betrayal, director Stephen Wrentmore has created a fine production THAT HAD THE AUDIENCE YELLING “WELL DONE,” during opening night last week… The play works for many reasons.  First, the minimalist sets were dynamic and artistic, therefore putting the onus on the characters. And the cast pulled it off. No one in the cast really stood out simply because there were so many fine performances that came together to make for AN EXCELLENT PLAY.”


  1. I loved the and how it captured the empty opeclnue, the frivolity, the sumptuous excessiveness and the spiritual void that lay beneath it all. There is so much to enjoy, from the frenetic yet cohesive writing style, the human relationships, or lack thereof, the flawed, beautiful characters, and especially the fact that the book, and Gatsby himself are a pretty accurate metaphor for America. Here’s a quote I found on Shmoop that perfectly illustrates all of the above: The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names.

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