Saturday, July 15, 2006
Great Gatsby! Guthrie's Main Stage Makes Debut Tonight
Tonight, the Wurtele Thrust Stage at Minneapolis' heralded new Guthrie Theatre will see its first regular performance as the world premiere of Simon Levy's new adaptation of F. Scott Fitgerald's The Great Gatsby begins previews. It's fitting that a vaulted work by a favorite son of neighboring St. Paul would figure into Guthrie's debut season at its new facility. The production will open on July 21 and run through September 10.
Helmed by David Esbjornson, The Great Gatsby will feature Lorenzo Pisoni in the title role, along with Heidi Ambruster, Matthew Amendt, Christina Baldwin, Raye Birk, Cheyenne Casebier, Bob Davis, Kate Eifrig, Erik Heger and Mark Rhein. The one standout performer I'm looking forward to seeing is Kate Eifring, an Indiana native who has been percolating under the surface of the Twin Cities theatrical scene for several years -- I had an opportunity to see her shine as Isobel in An Experiment With An Air Pump at St. Paul's Park Square Theater in 2003, and she blew me away. The Great Gatsby marks Eifrig's Guthrie debut.
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