Of the shows opening this weekend, these are the ones we want to see. These could be the best shows of the year or these shows could end up being terrible. As always we encourage you to chime in with your thoughts on our list and what shows you are seeing this weekend.
HIS CHOICE: Merchant of Venice at TheatreWorks
For over 300 years The Merchant of Venice was one of Shakespeare’s best known and best liked plays. It has a romantic love plot, but in a post holocaust century, the play has become more complicated, because the plays comic villain is, emphatically, a Jew. Shylock is the embodiment of many of the strongest anti-Semitic stereotypes, and he is also, clearly, a target of such stereotyping . He is both Jewish villain and Jewish victim.
The Merchant of Venice has become one of Shakespeare’s most problematic plays—a romantic comedy, a courtroom thriller, a dissection of a wealthy society not unlike our own, and an exploration of racial prejudice. What does this all add up to? One of the most exciting nights of theater you could hope for, and played out in our festival tent at Rock Ledge Ranch it promises to be the most entertaining and absorbing evening of the summer.
HER CHOICE: Pippin by Ignite Theater Company
From the Ignite website: Pippin highlights the tale of Prince Pippin and his need to find meaning and purpose in his life. Being a well educated prince and having everything he could ever want isn’t enough, so he sets out to find what truly fulfills him. With the help of what seems to be his conscience and his colorful, sometimes misleading, subconscious thoughts (The Players), Pippin explores aspects of his life that he feels will bring him the fulfillment he seeks, only to find that what he may really need in life could be something as simple as a small broken family, or no life at all.
Pippin made our Summer foreCAST, check out our other picks!
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