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Brooklyn, What a Copycat

Posted August 13th, 2012

. . . with the BEAT Festival, recipient of some very nice coverage in the Wall Street Journal last week. I forgive them though, because Elevator Repair Service’s show sounds pretty great:

“Elevator Repair Service—which won acclaim for its production ‘Gatz,’ an eight-hour-long, unabridged version of ‘The Great Gatsby’—will perform an installation piece commissioned by the New York Public Library.

Called ‘Shuffle,’ it uses snippets of text from three novels: ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘The Sun Also Rises,’ and ‘The Sound and the Fury.’ A computer algorithm combines quotes from the novels to form short, nonsensical narratives, and feeds lines to the actors in real-time on iPhones that are tucked into books.

For three nights, actors will roam the stacks of the art and music room of the Brooklyn Public Library’s literature division, reciting monologues and converging for scenes with other actors. Audience members will be free to move through the space.”

Nonetheless, we have the first peek at Arguendo. Beat that!

Arguendo runs for one performance only, on September 16, at the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street, Old City. 1:00 pm, $18.

–Nicholas Gilewicz