For centuries Shakespeare scholars and theater producers, alike, have been delighted and baffled by "The Merchant of Venice." What exactly is the "quality of mercy," and does this play brilliant and ferocious play express it?
Bob Smith will return to Greenwich Library for the ninth time to recount "The Merchant of Venice," each Wednesday, September 16 to October 28, at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.
"The poetry couldn't be more gorgeous or the debate more contemporary," said Smith. "This is a sublime play about contracts, allegiances, love and betrayal -- and it's a comedy."
Smith will delve into the subjects of a daughter trapped by her father's eccentric will, a successful merchant snared by a bizarre and injudicious contract and an alien money lender entangled by an obscure Venetian law.
"It's the stuff of fairytales," said Smith. "Yet all of these are stunningly recognizable characters."
The program is free and open to all. Copies of the play will be provided. For more information, please contact Matthew Sgritta at (203)-622-7972.