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Merchant of Venice at City Lights Theater

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HATS OFF: City Lights Theater stages a timely modern rendition of Shakespeare's controversial classic

HATS OFF: City Lights Theater stages a timely modern rendition of Shakespeare's controversial classic

One of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, this 400-year-old dramedy shines the spotlight on a society struggling with xenophobia and classism. Antonio, a Venetian merchant, finds himself mired in debt while Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, battles rampant anti-semitism. From the revengeful “Hath not a Jew eyes?” monologue to lighthearted ring exchanges between lovers, the work explores humanity’s dark and light. Director Kit Wilder describes it as a timely plea for what it means to be “humanly faith-based.” It runs through April 22. (KL)

Merchant of Venice
Sat, 8pm, $19+
City Lights Theater, San Jose

 

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