ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY

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.”

TucsonSentinel.com
- “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.”

ExplorerNews.com - “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.”

GUTHRIE THEATRE (Minneapolis)

Reviews

GUTHRIE THEATRE (Minneapolis)

Variety - “SWEEPING… EXCELLENT… AN UNDENIABLE CHEMISTRY AT WORK HERE THAT’S LAUDABLE… Levy’s adaptation wisely anchors itself around the first-person account of narrator Nick Carraway… A SATISFYING CONCLUSION… AFFECTING!”

Minneapolis Post-Bulletin – “IT’S NOTHING LESS THAN MAGNIFICENT, a powerful realization of Fitzgerald’s novel of obsession, love, money and the American dream. There’s no question that ‘Gatsby’ has all the elements of GREAT THEATER… a grand christening of the main stage in the Guthrie’s $125 million new home.”

Minneapolis StarTribune - “GREAT START FOR NEW GUTHRIE!… in a new stage adaptation that provoked historic excitement… a clean, imaginative and sometimes surreal work… a production that is FLEET-FOOTED and, thankfully, not freighted with theatrical froufou.”

The Falcon Newspaper(Minneapolis) - “A STUNNING PERFORMANCE… artfully synthesizing the writer’s renowned work onto the stage with Simon Levy’s adapted script… With these colorful and profound characters, the dramatic performance engages the audience both in laughter and in genuine sympathy. BOLD AND ENTICING, the intense and convincing acting, the simple yet fitting sets, and the elaborate costumes all add to the EXCELLENCE OF THIS PRODUCTION. THIS PLAY GIVES LIFE TO FITZGERALD’S TIMELESS STORY.”

Performing Arts(Minneapolis)- “A CLASSY AND ELEGANT PRODUCTION THAT IS CAPTIVATING AND MOVING… The Guthrie’s dramatization of this classic was BEAUTIFULLY ORCHESTRATED.”