Classic Stage Company presents a play about a wise Jewish merchant (F. Murray Abraham) who tries to bridge the gaps between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity in 12th century Jerusalem. More…
Muslims, Christians, and Jews live side-by-side in Jerusalem, 1192, but their fragile truce could collapse at any moment. As the tension mounts, the ruling Sultan poses a loaded question: 'Which religion is the one most beloved by God?' Nathan, a pious Jewish merchant, is charged with answering this query in order to secure the continued safety of his people. Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham plays Nathan the Wise, perhaps the greatest Jewish character in all of Western dramatic literature next to Shylock.
See it if You like F. Murray Abraham and don't care about the vehicle in which he is being featured.
Don't see it if If you can't handle an excruciatingly slow and boring and awkwardly acted and directed 1st act.
See it if You are more interested in the one true religion in 12th century Jerusalem than in good dialog, believable characters and plotting.
Don't see it if You're not that interested in the philosophical issues and don't want to sit through one of the longest, most convoluted recognition scenes.