By Howard Pousner
The nearly seven-hour off-Broadway production of “Gatz” that’s earning rave reviews for the experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service is directed by Georgia-born John Collins of Vidalia.
Called a “work of singular imagination and intelligence” by New York Times chief theater critic Ben Brantley, “Gatz” is centered around an office worker who reads every word of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” aloud, transforming into the novel’s narrator as scenes are dramatized by office coworkers.
Collins caught the theater bug as a Yale undergraduate, and formed the troupe in 1991.
Brantley termed Collins’ production “brilliantly paced” and added: “All normal rules for measuring time are suspended in that beautiful twilight zone that exists between words on paper and the mind’s eye.”
Other critics have been equally enthusiastic in their praise; the Chicago Sun-Times called the production “strangely seductive” and “altogether ingenious.”
The Public Theater run through Nov. 28 is sold out.