The Merchant of Venice
What the Critics Said
" Henerson's Shylock is a very human, embittered one, proud of his heritage and his business acumen, and fervently desiring justice...So much is clear in this production in its exposition of story, character and meaning.
- Ken Bullock, Marin I.J.
"How ironic..that a work with such formidable drawbacks should prove to be one of Marin Shakespeare's most impressive productions I have seen since the company began performing in Dominican University's Forest Meadows Amphitheater.. All the elements of good theater are present. Ken Rowland's handsome two-story set...Costume designer Pamela Johnson contributes authentic-looking period clothes that are enhanced by Bruce Lackovic's creamy lighting. Original music by Billie Cox helps establish the atmosphere...But it is the impressive group of principals, directed with panache and originality by Robert Currier, who make the show really memorable. Allyson Kulavis offers a cleanly delineated interpretation of Portia...Bassanio is sympathetically presented by Jason Heil...Patrick Flick comes close to stealing the show as the scatter-brained Launcelot Gobbo..He later also appears as one of Portia's suitors, the prince of Aragon, galloping about the stage in a hilarious display of Currier's comic staging. And then we have Shylock...[who] works beautifully."
- Charles Brousse, Marin I.J.
"Everyone seems so comfortable in their roles that their Elizabethan English just rolls off their tongues as if it were the most natural way to speak. Matt Henerson is perfectly cast as Shylock...Overall, the entire ensemble delivers a professional and well-acted performance...Nestled among the trees, whether under the sun or the stars, the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre on the Dominican University campus seems an ideal location for this production that requires the actors to enter and exit stage left through the audience, drawing you in to their every move."
- Carol Burton, Tiburon Ark
"Henerson invests his Shylock with the towering rage of a wronged patriarch."
- Olga Azar, Marin Scope