Al Pacino Shylock could be the talk of the latest York at this time, at the very least if the conversation turns outside the insufferable heat wave. His performance in the Public Theater's output of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" (running in rep with Michael Greif's staging of "The Winter's Tale") marks a return to form for your actor, who just became an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You Don't Know Jack." It's also one of the most intriguing consider veteran director Daniel Sullivan's handling of an play that's as curiously compelling as it is notoriously troubling. But Shakespeare, as was his wont, humanized the figure of the villainous stage Jew, a standard feature of Elizabethan theatergoing. Consequently, "Merchant" holds a commanding interest whilst it offends contemporary sensibilities.
Pacino tackles the challenge by having a disciplined reworking from the controversial character, bringing some outerborough realism (Borough Park, Brooklyn meets the Bronx's Grand Concourse) to a oldworld caricature. To carry on reading Charles McNulty critic notebook, click this link..