What Did the Critics Have to Say About TFANA's Merchant of Venice? | Playbill

The Verdict What Did the Critics Have to Say About TFANA's Merchant of Venice?

The Off-Broadway production starring John Douglas Thompson opened February 15.

John Douglas Thompson and Alfredo Narciso in TFANA's Merchant of Venice Gerry Goodstein

Critics have begun publishing their reviews of Theatre for a New Audience's Merchant of Venice, currently running at Polonsky Shakespeare Center through March 6. 

Considered one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Merchant of Venice follows characters obsessed with the flow of wealth while living in a society divided by hate and mired by inequities. TFANA is co-producing the production with Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company, and it features John Douglas Thompson as Shylock under the direction of Arin Arbus.

Read the reviews here.

New York Stage Review (David Finkle)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

New York Times (Alexis Soloski)

Time Out (Elysa Gardner)

Vulture (Helen Shaw)

Playbill will continue to update this list.

Rounding out the cast is Isabel Arraiza as Portia, Shirine Babb as Nerissa, Danaya Esperanza as Jessica, Alfredo Narciso as Antonio, and Sanjit De Silva as Bassanio. Following its run at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the production will play at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. March 22 through April 21.

For tickets and more information, visit TFANA.org.


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