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The Merchant of Venice
Phone (617) 824-8000
Price $15-$79
Age Suitability Teens and up
Category Theater

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The Merchant of Venice

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 7:30p

Al Who? It's hard to envision a more finely etched or haunting Shylock than the one embodied by F. Murray Abraham in Darko Tresnjak's stylish production with Theatre for a New Audience, presented by ArtsEmerson. - Boston Globe

Cellphones and wallets update "The Merchant of Venice," but the universal issues of race, revenge, mercy, and justice need no updating. Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham is Shylock the moneylender in this Theatre for a New Audience production presented by Arts Emerson: The World
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Location & Nearby Info
Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 824-8000
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CRITICS REVIEWS
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(no rating) April 1, 2011 - Boston.com - Don Aucoin, Globe Staff

When F. Murray Abraham, as Shylock, faces his contemptuous foes and delivers the most famous speech in “The Merchant of Venice’’ (“Hath not a Jew eyes? . . . If you prick us, do we not bleed?’’), there is nothing grandiosely speech-like about it.

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(no rating) March 27, 2011 - Boston.com - Laura Collins-Hughes, Globe Staff

F. Murray Abraham was feeling under the weather, and the weather itself was not great. As rain fell outside on the streets of Lower Manhattan, what he really wanted to do was lie down. He had a master class to teach in a while, and a performance of “The Merchant of Venice’’ to give after that.

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Apr 09, 2011 - thatsitfornow
Modern spin upholds antiquated social mores?

This modern day spin on the Merchant of Venice was replete with Macs, cell phones, arcade voices, suits and ties, 4 inch heels, blondes and a little sexual tension. Sounds good to the average bloke I know and I'm sure that bloke will also take no note of the fact that it seems they maintained the social order of things when the only two black people in the entire play were cast as servants to include a very audible southern drawl at times "Yessir". Something that hit me days later as I was contemplating the production and for that, the whole endeavor went as a loss in my estimation.

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