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“The Merchant of Venice” by Daniel Sullivan

“The Merchant of Venice” shown at the end of 2010 at the Broadhurst Theater was a truly spectacular piece to come and watch. Even now, after it has finished running in this theater, I feel the wish to share my impressions from the wonderful play of Al Pacino in the role of Shylock , the usurer and Lily Rabe whose Portia the heiress was also flawless. As soon as the performance started, I understood that I had never expected and seen such a genuine, sincere and deep play of any actor in the Shakespeare’s staged plays. Both main characters seemed to acquire the extreme depth and ambivalence of emotions, and it was not enough to say that one of them was a villain reasonably punished, and another one was right, and the victory was also awaited. The actors managed to do the most important in the classical plays – under the guidance of Daniel Sullivan they managed to make the characters alive, making them ordinary people like you and me. It is true that Shakespeare’s characters possessed the death of perception, but they were mostly either good or bad – I wrote some customized papers and essays writing about this – so the present performance made the play vibrant, realistic, and magnifying for any interested and thankful viewer. I have never seen such passion put into one role, one play, and I felt infected by the anger, the sorrow, and the triumph I could observe at the stage.


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