The Merchant of Venice | Critical Review by Alvin Klein

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of The Merchant of Venice.
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Critical Review by Alvin Klein

SOURCE: Klein, Alvin. “The Arguable Comedy in Merchant of Venice.New York Times (5 November 2000): NJ11.

In the following review, Klein assesses Richard Corley's production of The Merchant of Venice for the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, contending that although it attempted to develop the play's romantic and comic features, it failed to offer an original take on Shakespeare's ambivalent treatment of Shylock.

No kidding, The Merchant of Venice is a comedy.

Categorically speaking, that's not news to Shakespearean mavens, but it's invariably a surprise. The play is not a comic read, and it is rarely played for laughs. Richard Corley, the director of the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival's production here, seems hell-bent on proving that Merchant is merry and very romantic. We don't have to believe it, but it's a fair try.

In one of those audience-friendly...

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