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The Merchant of Venice

From the Ithaca Journal review:

"Winningly performed...ISC artistic director Stephen Ponton leads his talented cast at a brisk pace without sacrificing clarity of delivery...

As Shylock, Michael Donato commands the stage — indignant and vengeful for repeated humiliations at the hands of so-called Christians. Slightly bowed, defensive, and ultimately desperate, he's outwitted and undone by the same Venetian justice he's sought refuge in. Donato's performance is meaty and gripping, evoking compassion mixed with revulsion.

But before we arrive at the dramatic courtroom scene, there's a romance (or three) to unwind: chief among them Bassanio (a strong John Triana) wooing the wealthy Portia (a fine Danielle Bates). Portia is bold and free-thinking; at home she's the dutiful daughter, but once disguised as a young male doctor of the law, she's transformed — which Bates delivers eloquently...

Richly costumed by Lauren Cowdery, the tumult of gentlemen and ladies provides a convincing ensemble...

AmArA's set...serves the action well and keeps the cast just inches from the audience on three sides. This spatial intimacy helps one appreciate the acting and become immersed in the story...

Shakespeare's complex portraits of human motivation keep us rapt...a tale as fresh today as four centuries ago."


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