I went with some trepidation about the endurance test element, but was mesmersied throughout. The way the office workers get slowly drawn in helped pace it, and they managed to add some visual and aural jokes with detracting from the book. And it was a real tour de force from Scott Shepherd,e specially the last, bookles, 40 minutes - Nick Moon
15 Jul 12
It took me a while to get used to the casting against physical type of some of the characters. For example, Tom Buchanan, rather than being a muscular imposing straw haired athlete with a husky tenor is cast as a portly dark haired mustachioed cheeseburger eating type with a whine. But the actor still has those greedy piercing eyes, he still exists on selfish appetite, he is still embodies all the innate qualities of Tom Buchanan. The same physical discrepancies crop up for most of the characters, except perhaps for Nick Carraway himself. But the conceit of the play is that ordinary office workers can embody these characters in a mysterious act of storytelling magic, and there is something beautiful about the way they change from being in a Ricky Gervais type office environment to being in the ego-driven self-conscious world of the megarich. I love The Great Gatsby, and lazily, I loved it being read to me, and for my taste, I felt that Scott Shepherd read it beautifully. The 6 plus hours of reading, and 2 hours of breaks passed easily and were filled with pleasure and delight in the words of Fitzgerald, a delight I highly doubt will be felt when the DeCaprio movie version shows up, even if that version casts to physical type. Fitzgerald was a genius, and this production honours him. - steveatplays
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