The Merchant of Venice OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Marc Brenner
Opening Night:
July 20, 2016
Closing:
July 24, 2016

Theater: Lincoln Center Theater / 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY,

Synopsis: 

The Merchant of Venice has proved to be one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays to transpose to modern tastes. Bawdy humor and romantic hijinks coexist with difficult questions of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy. Director Jonathan Munby approaches these challenges with nuance, intelligence, and wit in a glistening production where “the lighter and darker elements combine in a seamless whole” (Telegraph, U.K.). In the role of Shylock—as famous for his merciless insistence that a debt be repaid with “a pound of flesh” as for his trenchant speech that asks “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”—Pryce exacts a highly sympathetic portrayal of the Jewish moneylender, at once a vengeful tyrant and a piteous, persecuted outcast.

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