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Shylock and His Daughter opens in Oak Brook

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Shylock and His Daughter opens in Oak Brook

Shylock and His Daughter truly riveting–a must see. As you might expect, the Christian characters are not treated kindly. Sanctimonious and cruel, they provoke Shylock until he is literally at his wit’s end.

But more interesting to me were the Jewish characters, including the Rabbi who first pleads with Shylock to accommodate Christian demands and then excommunicates Shylock when he refuses. Given that this adaptation was written and performed in the immediate aftermath of what we now call “the Holocaust” (before most people understood what had happened, let alone put a label on it), the implications of this public stance stunned me.

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