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Merchant of Venice: Time Out NY Review ★★★★

★★★★ “New York stages have hosted many estimable Shylocks, but I doubt that any of them has evoked slavery with greater resonance than JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON…Formidable and vulnerable…Fire in his performance and haunted…A Penetrating New Production…Director ARIN ARBUS gives this Merchant a contemporary vibe…an ethnically diverse cast explores the still-debated presence and purpose of the…Read More »

Merchant of Venice: New York Times Feature

“Artistically in Sync, and Reunited for ‘The Merchant of Venice’ Arin Arbus and John Douglas Thompson are collaborating on their fifth play at Theatre for a New Audience.” Read more from The New York Times here. The Merchant of Venice is now playing through March 6. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.    …Read More »

Merchant of Venice: New York Times Review

“In ARIN ARBUS’s provocative production…JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON as Shylock, an outstanding classical actor, [is] perhaps the greatest Shakespeare interpreter in contemporary America…A virtuoso of psychological insight and emotion…he takes what’s timeless and transmutes it to the present.” Read more from The New York Times here. The Merchant of Venice is now playing through March 6. Click here…Read More »

Merchant of Venice: “A Vital and Invigorating Revival” -TheaterMania

“A Vital and Invigorating Revival” Read more from TheaterMania here. The Merchant of Venice is now playing through March 6. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Merchant of Venice: “Best Off-Broadway Shows to See this Spring” -Time Out

“The estimable John Douglas Thompson plays the vengeance-bent moneylender Shylock in the latest stab at Shakespeare’s troublesome Jew-baiting tragicomedy. Arin Arbus directs this coproduction of Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theatre Company, with a diverse company that includes Isabel Arraiza, Shirine Babb as Nerissa, Jeff Biehl, Danaya Esperanza, Alfredo Narciso and Sanjit De Silva.” Read more from…Read More »

Merchant of Venice: “Most Anticipated Plays of Spring 2022” -NY Magazine

“John Douglas Thompson in The Merchant of Venice, One of the Most Anticipated Plays of 2022 Spring Theatre Season” –Helen Shaw, New York Magazine Read more from New York Magazine here. The Merchant of Venice is now playing through March 6. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.            

Merchant of Venice: “7 Shows to Enrich Your Black History Month” – Theatermania

“When thinking about Shakespeare and Black roles, Othello usually jumps to mind. But Theatre for a New Audience is doing something different with The Merchant of Venice, the Bard’s play about an ill-fated voyage and a macabre bit of collateral. John Douglas Thompson, who is one of the greatest living classical actors (and who happens to be Black),…Read More »

GNIT Review: Time Out New York

★★★★ “Questioned about his odd last name, the antihero of Will Eno’s Gnit shrugs and replies, ‘It’s a typo…but we decided to just go with it.’ That no-big-deal energy is prevalent throughout Eno’s new play, whose characters grapple with the biggest of big questions— What is love? Is there a God? What is my purpose?—with…Read More »

GNIT Review: The New York Times

“GENUINELY HILARIOUS, the turns are unpredictable and the performers, especially the priceless Deborah Hedwall as Mother Gynt, Jordan Bellow as several different characters, and of course Joe Curnutte in the lead role, seem to effortlessly hit their cues… GNIT IS BRAINY AND FULL OF RHETORICAL MAGIC.” —The New York Times   Click here to read…Read More »

GNIT Review: New York Magazine

“Will Eno’s EXISTENTIAL COMEDY… is the story of a soul’s journey through life… A SATIRE ABOUT THE ABSURDITIES OF SELF-CONFIDENCE.” – New York Magazine   Click here to read the full review for Gnit, by Will Eno directed by Oliver Butler, in New York Magazine. Learn more about Gnit here.