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On November 28, “Gatz” finally reaches a theater in Los Angeles, seven years after Redcat first asked to produce the page-by-page retelling on stage of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby.” When “Gatz” played New York’s Public Theater two years ago, Ben Brantley’s review in the New York Times began: “The most compelling love affair being conducted on a New York stage this season isn’t between a man and a woman.  (Or a man and a man, a woman and a woman or a boy and a horse.)  It is between a man and a book.” By that time, the six-and-a-half-hour play in which workers in a shabby office enact the Jazz Age tragedy from first word to last sentence had been seen in Norway, Zurich, Vienna, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Australia, Portland, Oregon and Brussels, Belgium. According to Mark Murphy, who has been the executive director of »


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