(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in the New York Times, 7/1.)
At the end of the first of half of Daniel Sullivan’s marvelous new production of “The Merchant of Venice,” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Shylock the moneylender can be found loudly lamenting his recent losses. These include a) a small fortune in cash and jewels, and b) his daughter, who has eloped with said valuables. As usual, Shylock, molten with sorrow and anger, cannot figure out which matters more.
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