The Secret Theatre presents Shakespeare's dark comedy about ethnic animosity set in post-World War II Italy. More…
This mounting of the Bard's troublesome comedy shines a spotlight on anti-Semitism while still finding the laughs in the romantic subplots. Young suitor Bassanio needs some cash so he can woo the elegant Portia in style. We're talking a team of servants, a new set of fancy threads, and plenty of bling to impress the rich heiress. The problem is, Bassanio's broke. His best friend Antonio would personally lend him the cash, but all of his money is tied up in ventures involving a bunch of merchant ships and a harrowing sea. So Antonio suggests Bassanio borrow money from Shylock, using his buddy's good credit as collateral. Shylock agrees to the loan, but asks for a pound of Antonio's flesh as a guarantee. Shylock acts like it's all in 'merry sport,' but when he ends up demanding his bond in a big courtroom showdown, nobody's laughing.
See it if you enjoy a fresh take on a Shakespeare classic. Great acting, especially Shylock.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or the themes present in this play.
See it if You love original interpretations of Shakespeare, excellent acting, easy to follow plot. Very comedic at times, but tragic.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate Shakespeare! Otherwise, see this before it closes! Great intro to Shakespeare for anyone, including teens!
See it if You love to laugh, you love Shakespeare, and you enjoy a great ending.
Don't see it if you prefer dramas, you dislike Shakespeare, you do not enjoy great theatre.