Shakespeare’s Merchant This Week in OKC

Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park’s Winter Performance…
(yes, INDOORS!) The
Merchant of Venice Dates: Jan. 13 – 16, 2011 Student Matinees: Jan.
13 & 14 Time: 8 p.m. – Jan. 13, 14 & 15 2:30 p.m. –
Jan 16 11 a.m. – student matinee performances Place: Kirkpatrick
Auditorium, Oklahoma City Univeristy Ticket Info: $12 adults $6
students Call 405-208-5227 for tickets. Call 405-235-3700 for
student matinee reservations. A comedy about bigotry? Comedies end
in weddings, and, true, The Merchant of Venice closes with three
happy couples. But is Shakespeare’s play a comedy? Shylock, a
moneylender from Venice’s Jewish ghetto, makes a loan,
interest-free, to an upper-class Christian merchant. When the deal
goes bad, years of discrimination surface as Shylock makes a harsh
demand for repayment. If this is comedy, it is a fearless, ironic
one in which, amidst comic moments, the quality of mercy is
cross-examined and complex issues of difference are

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