‘Merchant of Venice’ at CustomMade offers fresh insights in an excellent production

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) The Merchant of Venice is a problem play. The problem, of course, being primarily the monstrous character of Shylock the Jew. It is impossible to get around the play’s antisemitism. Shakespeare, being Shakespeare, of course humanizes Shylock. How could he not? But he begins with a caricature, […]

I SEE LONDON, I SEE FRANCE, I SEE STEVE MARTIN’S “THE UNDERPANTS”. HEE HEE HEE HEE.

(Charles Kruger) A young housewife accidentally drops her panties in public, in front of the king, no less. Male witnesses are thrown into a tizzy of lustful pursuit.  That’s the simple premise of Carl Stenheim‘s turn of the 20th-century farce, “The Underpants”, which Steve Martin has smirkingly adapted for contemporary audiences. Nobody gives smirk like […]