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The Merchant of Venice Critics' Pick Staff Pick

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 11 2008
Price: $10, $12, $18

How do you solve a problem like Shylock, the guy who demands a literal "pound of flesh" for a welshed debt? Is the vicious moneylender of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venicesheer anti-Semitic stereotype, or just injustice-hardened and misunderstood? See how Butterfield 8 Theatre Company interprets it in its downtown Concord storefront space. The adaptation by Maureen-Theresa Williams is directed by John Butterfield and stars Alan Cameron, whose Lady Bracknell was a highlight of last year's The Importance of Being Earnest, as Shylock. Donald Hardy, Elizabeth Bell, Lisa Drostova, Nick Wong, Becky Potter and a half-dozen others costar. September 18 through October 11 at Cue Productions Live (1835 Colfax St., Concord). B8Company.com or 925-798-1300.


— Sam Hurwitt

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