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Broken Whispers




Show Times
Sundays @ 2pm & 7pm

Shadowbox Live® presents Broken Whispers, a dance theater production loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Love, lies, and loss bind together seven individuals in a bygone era of excess and extravagance all centered around a mysterious woman named Gatsby.

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"Shadowbox Live® does its best work when it stretches its limits. The troupe-created "Broken Whispers" does so, taking the framework of the F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and transforming it into an emotionally charged dance piece that makes explicit much of what the novel keeps implicit. This isn't your great-grandfather’s "Gatsby," but the adaptation by choreographer Katy Psenicka and writer Jimmy Mak is remarkably faithful to the structure and romantic longings of the novel."

"Shadowbox Live® continues its recent trend of interspersing their bread-and-butter sketch comedy and song revues with more ambitious, serious work, with Broken Whispers. I attended a preview performance on Wednesday of this dance-theatre adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s modernist classic The Great Gatsby. Choreographed and staged by Katy Psenicka, adapted by Jimmy Mak and directed by Stev Guyer, Shadowbox started from one twist: Gatsby (Amy Lay) is cast as a woman. I found myself swept away by their take on the decadent, glittering underbelly of the American Dream."

"The rebellious boys and girls of Shadowbox Live® are up to their usual mischief. This time they have tinkered with an American classic, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. In doing so the troupe has, once again, raised the theatrical bar considerably. And in their usual brash, confident Olympian high jumping form, Fosbury Flopped over that high bar, clearing it easily."

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