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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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"The Merchant of Venice"
66 ratings
3.9 average rating
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1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 08 2012

We were sitting on the side (only about 20 seats face the front of the stage - really small venue) and with Shakespearen English spoken fast with the actors not facing us it became really hard to understand.

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2 stars
attended Jul 08 2012

An inept production. Only one actor understood what their lines mean; none understood how to speak them as verse. The modern setting might have worked better with less business. I bailed at the interval. This production is not up to the...continued

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3 reviews
9 stars
attended Jul 07 2012

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.
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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 _


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 multiple SF Bay Critic Circle awards, and Theatre Bay Area Award nominations, including the 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 Made Theatre Co., now in its 17th season, is the main producing entity of Custom Made Theatre, an intimate 99-seat house one block from Union Square, where the company presents a six play season, along with numerous free readings, workshops and classes.