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Abraham unlocks nuances of Shylock in ‘Merchant’


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/abraham_unlocks_uances_of_shylock_in_merchant_20110405

F. Murray Abraham’s performance as Shylock, praised by New York critics as the greatest in memory, owes much to the fact that the actor is almost invariably taken as Jewish. That pardonable error, he says, is central to his portrayal of the much-vilified Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” which opens April 14 on The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

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