“The Merchant of Venice” on Broadway

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Actress Lily Rabe and Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, discuss the transfer of The Public Theater’s production of “The Merchant of Venice” from Central Park to Broadway. Lily Rabe discusses reprising her acclaimed Central Park performance as Portia. “The Merchant of Venice” is playing at the Broadhurst Theater.


Oskar Eustis and Lily Rabe

Comments [9]

michael manhattan from Manhattan

Amazing or not amazing when times get difficult or worse they look to blame someone “The Jew” is all ways good place to start. You can see it in the first letter from SANYCH right here from . . . . . Hitler did it! To resounding Catholic /Christian approbation success aided by the then Pope . . As long as the Jew is silent makes you money! And can repair and satiate your desire for longevity when you are sick . . . . . you are happy,
When the economics change the anachronistic material surfaces, again to fuel the anger and divide peoples. . . . We really haven’t learned anything from history, now have we!
This play should be retired to history.

Dec. 08 2010 03:44 PM

binbrooklyn: I believe this is the second or third time WNYC is talking about this play THIS YEAR alone.

The parallels that this play brings up are quite obvious. It is Jews and money or that Jew has to be defeated. It was quite hilarious when Mr. Lopate started to talk about this play's connection to the current financial crisis, but quickly realized that it would take him right to Shylock's Golden Sack, and had to backtrack.

And all this fluffy words about brilliance, beauty, actors' incites.

Incites and incitements share the same root, you know.

Dec. 07 2010 02:29 PM
adrienne from UWS

Lenny, "Please Explain:"

This play was the favorite of Hitler and I believe the only play that was allowed in the Reich. It doesn't make me too happy that it is so popular now. Also it feels like a test for Jews, if we like it, or approve of it, that means we are cool and understand something about culture. If we are critical of its anti-semitism we are missing the point.

Whatever people may think about this production, this play has always been a demonstration of anti-semitism

Dec. 07 2010 01:56 PM

Sanych: It is besides the point where you imagine the "Jewish Elite" stand in relation to this play.

The fact is this: This play is a comedy of errors that shows the absurdity of following a single rule to extremes.

Each character demonstrates this clearly.

Even Portia is a fool because she takes the law to an absurd extreme.

Finally, on the alleged anti-antisemitism: The play CANNOT be antisemitic because a) all religions, states and cultures in the play are lampooned, b) Shylock's position is -more than any other- explained and justified. c) even in Shakespearian times the conclusion in court was not the authors demonstration of right - it was his demonstration of the ABSURD.

I love the god father but, but this Al. No thanks.

Dec. 07 2010 01:41 PM
Mike from Tribeca

The only production of the play I've seen on stage was Jonathan Miller's celebrated production years ago, and I was surprised how funny it is. I've read it many times since and it positively drips with sarcasm and irony. Many parts remind me of the Two Gentleman of Verona. Wasn't expecting that!

Dec. 07 2010 01:26 PM
John from office

Sanych: interesting observation.

There is a love / hate thing going on, a self hating. A love for the accomplishments of American Jews and a disgust with the Accomplishments of American Jews.

A guilt because of success.

Dec. 07 2010 01:25 PM

Saw it in the Park -- a wonderful, insightful production. There is much more to this play than just one character. Everyone is morally ambiguous and dissembling -- with the exception of Shylock who is totally consistent and upfront and comes to grief because he won't play the game. At the end Shylock knows his fate but the others are less certain -- their world has been shaken and their future unclear.

Dec. 07 2010 01:20 PM
Mary Beth Kooper from NYC

Lily is an amazing actor and I hope to get tickets to Merchant, but please ask her about her wonderful performance in the amazing movie by Emily Hubley The Toe Tactic. It was not released commercially but I think everyone how is a fan of her acting should see it.

Dec. 07 2010 01:14 PM

There is something perverse in NY Jewish elite's constant attention to this play and how Al Pacino continues to make a living at playing a poor, victim, scheming, blood-thirsty (take your pick) Jew in this antisemitic piece.

Why not going for a new low? How about staging "Passion of Jesus Christ" or "Jew Zuiss" for a change?

Dec. 07 2010 01:12 PM

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