The Lincoln Center Festival presents the Shakespeare's Globe production of the Bard's classic problem play, starring two-time Tony winner Jonathan Price as Shylock. More…
'The Merchant of Venice' has proved to be one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays to transpose to modern tastes. Bawdy humor and romantic high jinks coexist with difficult questions of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice, and mercy. 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 enacts a highly sympathetic portrayal of the Jewish moneylender, at once a vengeful tyrant and a piteous, persecuted outcast.
See it if you want to hear WS well-spoken. A solid production, but unexciting. If you need MOV for your bucketlist, a good opportunity. Great costumes
Don't see it if you dislike audience participation (house lites kept on low). Bad case of nepotism w/ Phoebe Pryce. Difficult plot to make effective.
See it if You like decent English actors speaking Shakespeare, traditional setting with traditional costumes, fan of the High Sparrow,
Don't see it if You expect dazzling, innovative staging, want more than adequate acting, an evening that never catches fire, community-accepted antisemitism
See it if you want to see a spectacular performance by Jonathan Pryce. Not everyone in the cast is up to his level of performance. Stunning staging.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare. Or if you don't like classical drama that resonates in today's world.
See it if M of V presented by a group of actors dedicated to his plays - Shakespeare's Globe; Jonathan Pryce as Shylock;original music and dance
Don't see it if Abuse of Jews in plays upsets you; You cannot follow Elizabethian dialogue and syntax; You think that Shakepeare's plays are dull and boring
See it if you're a great admirer of Shakespeare, want to enjoy the feeling of a traditional Renaissance Globe experience, or love Jonathan Pryce.
Don't see it if you dislike altered endings of classic plays, are sensitive to harsh depictions of Jews, have trouble understanding Elizabethan English.
See it if You're looking for a top-notch version of this problem play. Price makes Shylock understandable; his final scene is terrible and poignant
Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare (this is a long one); you're sensitive to blatant anti-Semitism (of its time, but still uncomfortable)
See it if you like excellently performed Shakespeare in a mostly traditional staging.
Don't see it if you've seen the play too many times already or if you have no interest in Shakespeare.
See it if u wish a strong prod., a great Shylock & a chance to make sense of this difficult play. It's worth your 3 hours and the cost. Venue is good.
Don't see it if u can't be bothered, only willing to pay for perfection, have no patience, no love of verse. Has 3 brilliant scenes, set is effective, dark.
See it if You love Shakespeare and, specifically, "The Merchant of Venice." This is a masterful production, brilliantly acted.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare.
See it if you want to see a masterful portrayal of Shylock and a play that is all too relevant today. The humor is played up, so you will laugh, too.
Don't see it if you want your heroes and villains to be clear cut. No one is 100% likable or unlikable in this version.
See it if You enjoy Shakespeare performed by the world's best company, love the character of Portia, are open to a play that in part reflects its age
Don't see it if You are determined to see the play as biased rather than exploring stereotypes, or you hate Shakespeare
See it if I might be a tad biased cause I know some cast members but I thought this production was amazing and very relevant to our political climate
Don't see it if you don't like the play itself and don't like Shakespeare done in time period costume/set/music. J.Pryce and cast were stunning though
See it if You like Shakespeare problem plays, Jonathan Pryce, updating a classic, outstanding production values.
Don't see it if You don't like nearly 3 hour Shakespeare plays, anti-semitism as a theme, updating of a classic.
See it if You like extremely competent British Shakespeare, want to see the comedic side of Merchant brought out without losing the pathos.
Don't see it if You think the whole play should be dark because of its main theme. You don't like audience participation or breaking the 4th wall.
See it if you like THEATRE not social commentary. Shakespeare intelligently played without trying to be High brow. Flexible set, flexible approach
Don't see it if You think Shakespeare Holy Scripture, not be tampered with; if you think Shylock is a tragic character, if you don't have a sense of humor
See it if You love Shakespeare and language and want to see a masterful performance from Jonathan Pryce as Shylock.
Don't see it if Vivid depictions of awful anti-Semitism are going to be too upsetting for you.