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First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Outstanding "Othello" is Screened

David Finkle | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

About that embroidered handkerchief so crucial to Othello's undoing in the William Shakespeare tragedy that takes his name: When it's too late, Desdemona's loyal attendant Emilia (Ayesha Dharker) says of her mistress and the item: "She let it drop."

First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Outstanding 'Merchant of Venice' Is Screened

David Finkle | Posted 08.23.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Shylock's inflexible insistence on the bond he made with Antonio for a pound of flesh were the 3,000 ducats not repaid -- that's to say, Shylock's unrelenting stance as a broader revenge on the Christians who've tormented him throughout life as a usurer -- is decidedly matched by his tormenters' virulent prejudice.