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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
415-798-2682
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3.9 / 5 Rated by 66 members
Review from Austin Nation
Red Velvet 719 events 620 reviews

First half sort of dragged along....the woman sitting next to didn't even come back after intermission....the second half was lovely story-telling.

reviewed Aug 03 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Steve
Red Velvet 158 events 103 reviews

fast-moving, exciting production of a not always exciting play. very well acted.

reviewed Jul 27 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from S. Y. Liu
Red Velvet 103 events 50 reviews

Different....dressed in modern clothes, using cell phones, but the lines were definitely Shakespearean. A very enjoyable play!

reviewed Jul 22 2012 report as inappropriate
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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 _

Description

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._

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