A Gentile Shylock

Shylock is a Jew.  A bad Jew, perhaps, but a Jew nonetheless.  This is something that is known by virtually every theatergoer on the planet except, apparently, Ike Schambelan, whose new production of The Merchant of Venice presents us with a decidedly assimilated moneylender.  Never mind that this leads to some awkward textual inconsistencies—Shylock complains […]

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