A Modern Merchant of Venice -- Shakespeare's Tragic Comedy on Wall Street
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The last date listed for The Merchant of Venice was Sunday August 19, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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Jeremy Bloom's Peter/Wendy is like a bedtime story for adults. Seven actors in striped pajamas take on the roles of every Peter Pan character, performing the familiar tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up using hand-held lights, the simplest of sets and narrative movement. From the moment you step into the theater, you'll be drawn into Bloom's version of Never-Never Land. The hallowed cathedral space of The Gough Street Playhouse has been transformed for this production and your "happy thoughts" will go on stage with those of the other audience members to be used later to create the "pixie dust" that allows Peter and Wendy to fly. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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Very bad production. I have seen better high school acting and direction. Seating arrangement borders on dangerous and would probably not pass a city' s fire code inspection.
Left after first act.
I have been to 4 past productions by this company, thinking that they would get better, but his was my last.
Quotes & Highlights
- "The spectacle is so perfectly realized that it seems the play was written for modern times." --Stage and Cinema
- "While strutting their cells phones, investments and irony, the cast seemed so at home in this language that they brought the text to a whole new level." --Stark Insider (4 of 5 stars)
- "This is a memorable Merchant of Venice, original, exciting, and highly recommended ... As a gay man and a Jew, I was very moved by this production." --Theatre Storm
It’s a new take, but the quality of mercy is not strained in the Custom Made Theater production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Custom Made's production, directed by Stuart Bousel, who directed last season’s BATCC nominated M. Butterfly, will relocate the classically controversial play to modern times, where fortune-seeking Bassanio (Dash Hillman) will pursue the love of genius heiress Portia (Megan Briggs) in an atmosphere reminiscent of Wall Street and peopled by rogue traders and arrogant millionaires.
The way to the lady is barred by an edict created by her controlling father that she will lose her fortune if her potential husbands don't undergo and succeed at a game of chance. Bassanio enlists the financial aid of successful trader Antonio (Ryan Hayes) but he enters his own gamble when he agrees to a backroom deal with Shylock (Catz Forsman), a socially ostracized banker whose daughter Jessica (Kim Saunders) is planning a secret elopement with her young lover, the feckless Lorenzo (Brian Martin).
A stylistic cross between Mad Men and American Psycho, Bousel's production explores how money, greed, recognition and power corrupt souls and tear lives apart in an era when sacrificing lives and livelihoods is the cost of doing business.
About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.
Winner of the SF Bay Critic Circle award for Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre without a bad seat in the house, where they present a five play season, along with numerous readings, workshops and classes. Most recently, Custom Made produced the Goldstar ROAR award-winning "Eurydice"
and the Bay Area Premiere of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."