Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: Love a little lost in this tangled Shakespeare rom-com by Chris Jones

What is the hardest of all the plays by William Shakespeare to produce today? You'd probably wager the deep-thought tragic masterpieces, or the problematic dramas like "Othello," "The Mercha…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Al Pacino & Judith Light to Lead God Looked Away at the Pasadena Playhouse by Imogen Lloyd Webber

Next stop New York? Tony winners Al Pacino and Judith Light will headline God Looked Away at the Pasadena Playhouse. The previously reported project, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, is sc…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This House Star Nathaniel Parker on Politics, Star Vehicles and Memories of Wolf Hall's Tony Noms by Matt Wolf

Nathaniel Parker has twice played Broadway, first opposite Dustin Hoffman in 1989 in The Merchant of Venice and then in 2015 in his Tony-nommed performance as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, f…

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Top 5 Shows of the Week by April Forrer

1. Faction of Fools ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at Gallaudet Eastman Studio. “The cast’s physical prowess and the fantastic use of mask made for a deliciously sensory take on a cla…

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Monday, November 21, 2016

A fool-ish Merchant of Venice (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Considering the numerous versions of The Merchant of Venice I have seen in the last several years, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a rendition by DC’s Commedia dell’Arte …

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Theatre Review: Faction of Fools ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at Gallaudet Eastman Studio by Elle Marie Sullivan

William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” follows Antonio a merchant and his friend Bassanio who is in love with Portia. Bassanio needs money to go to Belmont and win Portia’s h…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at Faction of Fools by David Siegel

Audiences can usually expect something distinct, and full of chutzpah, from the folk at DC’s scrappy Faction of Fools theater troupe with its Comedia dell’Arte mission. The recipient of…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Stage review: PICT shows relevancy of the Bard's 'Merchant of Venice' by Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why now? Why Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” in 2016? Because money still trumps love. Because racism and anti-Semitism flourish. And because the quality of mercy is indeed stra…

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Stage preview: James FitzGerald, PICT bring modern edge to 'Merchant of Venice' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Idiomatic phrases (“demand a pound of flesh”) and famous monologues (“the quality of mercy”) aside, “The Merchant of Venice” has given the language one of its more sinister nouns…

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare; dir. Nicolas Stemann) Kammerspiele, Munich, Oct 2016 by Holger Syme

One might say that Nicolas Stemann doesn’t so much stage The Merchant of Venice as interrogate the play – or the very possibility of staging it now. That would only capture part of what …

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Review: The Merchant of Venice (Bristol Hippodrome and tour)

WNO tours the 'other' Tchaikowsky's previously unseen Shakespeare opera

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice by (ramona)

By Josh Platt. Josh Platt on The Merchant of Venice directed by Tina Packer in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Good Credit: The Merchant of Venice by Jk Clarke

       by JK Clarke   It seems in recent years that even the most progressive theater groups are reluctant to produce what have come to be called Shakespeare’s “prob…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Merchant of Venice - review by Michael Billington

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-AvonWhat to do with this endlessly problematic play? Directors such as Peter Zadek and David Thacker set it in the stock exchange. But Rupert Goold, a…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

theartsdesk in Venice: Shylock comes home by Heather Neill

"In such a night as this..." begins Lorenzo's beautiful speech in Act V of The Merchant of Venice. Watching Shakespeare's play in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo on a balmy evening under a darken…

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Kennedy Center by Stephanie House

The Kennedy Center is an institution, inspiring awe from the moment you walk in the door. You get to your seat and the stage is an Elizabethan hall, with light filtering through the latticew…

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Friday, July 29, 2016

New 'Merchant Of Venice' Recasts Shylock As A Sympathetic Everyman by NPR Staff

Actor Jonathan Pryce is playing the Jewish moneylender in a new touring production of The Merchant of Venice that reimagines Shakespeare's supposedly-comic villain as a tragic and universal …

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Dangereuse: Globe Theatre’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at The Kennedy Center by Sophia Howes

W.H. Auden once said ,“Shylock is the outsider because he is the only serious person in the play.” Jonathan Pryce’s Shylock is a deeply serious person, and Pryce’s magnificent portr…

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Review #2: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at The Kennedy Center by Lauren Katz

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart.” – William Shakespeare, The …

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

The appropriately psychologically penetrating and vivid production of The Merchant of Venice (now playing at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater) embraces all the conundrums of William…

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Globe’s marvelous Merchant for 21st century audiences (review) by Christopher Henley

Shakespeare’s Globe has brought a wonderful The Merchant of Venice to The Kennedy Center for an unfortunately too-brief stay. Jonathan Munby’s production is powerful, smart, handsome, me…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Presides Over Shylock’s Trial by Rachel Donadio

In Venice, a mock trial had the added appeal of seeing a production of “The Merchant of Venice” featuring Justice Ginsburg’s grandson.

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Jonathan Pryce makes ‘Merchant of Venice’ a family affair by Mark Kennedy | ap

Jonathan Pryce is no stranger to William Shakespeare, but one play he has refused to do is “The Merchant of Venice” — until now.

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Shakespeare's Globe's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Starring Jonathan Pryce, Opens Tonight at The Kennedy Center by BroadwayWorld

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtspresentsShakespeare's Globe's critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE in five performances tonight,July 27, …

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Merchant of Venice – Lincoln Center Festival by Sandi Durell

  by Jerry Beal     Within the customary genres of comedy, tragedy, and history that are used to describe William Shakespeare’s plays, there is a sub-set into which some are…

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Jonathan Pryce puts a new stamp on Shylock by Peter Marks

“The Merchant of Venice” arrives at the Kennedy Center from London’s Globe.

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Review Roundup: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE with Jonathan Pryce by Review Roundups

London's critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe, under the artistic direction of Emma Rice, will light up US stages and screens this summer and fall, with a three-city limited engagement o…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ With Extra Fog, Moral and Atmospheric by Charles Isherwood

At the Lincoln Center Festival, Jonathan Pryce stars as Shylock in a production filled with scorn, violence and anti-Semitism.

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'The Merchant of Venice' review: Jonathan and Phoebe Pryce are terrific

Live sightings of Jonathan Pryce -- part of today's zeitgeist buzz as the High Sparrow in "Game of Thrones" -- are rare in New York, where the two-time Tony winner has not appeared on Broadw…

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The Merchant of Venice review – a barometer for the anxieties of the times by Emma Brockes

Lincoln Center festival, New YorkThough the production is traditional, with Jonathan Pryce as Shylock leading the cast, it has truths to impart about modern hatred, violence and prejudiceSo …

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Review: The Merchant of Venice

Two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce returns to the New York stage for the first time in a decade.

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