the merchant of venice
This is a first-rate performance during which Epstein's impersonation includes his speaking in today's Received Pronunciation
____________________ Jonathan Pryce in 'Merchant of Venice' at Lincoln Center Festival. Photo: Manuel Harden More hilarity
First Nighter: "The Merchant of Venice" in Jonathan Munby's First-Rate Shakespeare's Globe Production
Jonathan Munby, who directs the Shakespeare's Globe production of that prickly problem play imported to the Rose Theater
The Notorious RBG will appear in a special production of "The Merchant of Venice."
A good 30 years after his death, the genius that was, is and always will be Orson Welles is finally enjoying the recognition he deserves.
Shylock's inflexible insistence on the bond he made with Antonio for a pound of flesh were the 3,000 ducats not repaid -- that's to say, Shylock's unrelenting stance as a broader revenge on the Christians who've tormented him throughout life as a usurer -- is decidedly matched by his tormenters' virulent prejudice.
In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there.
I am going to estimate that 95 percent of audience members going into An Act of God believe it is a one-person show starring Jim Parsons as God. (While he doesn't like you to take his name in vein, the show's title does, and therefore I will spare you "G-d.") It is not.
Besides defaming Jews, Antonio's plainly a colonialist. Imagine the degree to which indigenous populations must have been exploited for the sake of the wealth merchants like him sought to accrue?