Fitzfest | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Ariela Subar

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2016
Price: $15-$25
The name F. Scott Fitzgerald is synonymous with a generation; it conjures a world of stags and debs, highballs and champagne, college boys and filles de joie. His novel The Great Gatsby, which flopped hard when it first appeared in 1925, continues to signify the primeval American fascination with wealth and power, as it probably always will. First Floor Theater’s Fitzfest showcases eight one-act responses to Fitzgerald’s life and work. The best one, from playwright Calamity West, is inspired by the short story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” Shockingly for an event of this nature, West appears to be the only author among the group who's ever felt moved by Fitzgerald’s writing. The rest of the bill, I’m sorry to say, is filled with ugly drubbings of his life and gender politics that depict the author of Tender Is the Night as a kind of gigantic oppressor. —Max Maller


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