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The Merchant of Venice


In Shakespeare’s twisted tale of love and revenge, a merchant borrows money so his friend may woo an heiress. If the debt goes unpaid, the lender is entitled to a pound of the borrower’s flesh. For years, critics have been troubled by anti-Semitic tones surrounding the play’s Jewish moneylender, Shylock. While some companies deem it “unplayable,” others carefully craft a delicate balance between villain and victim for modern audiences. Matthew Byron Cassi directs Allan S. Ross, Christie Beckham and Mark Stringham in the Classic Theatre’s production. $10-$25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg, 589-8450, classictheatresanantonio.org. — MC

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