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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15 2018

Bombay-born playwright Shishir Kurup's reworking of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, written in blank verse the Bard could be proud of, focuses on Sharuk, a Muslim moneylender in contemporary LA’s Hindu-majority Indian-American community. When his rebellious daughter elopes with a Latino music producer, Sharuk—an arch-traditionalist in a secular culture—seeks vengeful gratification by demanding a chunk of flesh from his debtor Devender, a hipster venture capitalist. Kurup's muscular, rhythmic text—at once classical and contemporary in its inventive wordplay—faithfully follows Shakespeare’s original story except for a suspenseful ending with a surprise 21st-century twist. Under Liz Carlin Metz’s skillful direction, the 15-member ensemble of this coproduction by the Rasaka and Vitalist theater companies delivers a show at once moving, funny, and exciting. Particularly impressive are Anish Jethmalani and Madrid St. Angelo as Sharuk and Devender and Priyank Thakkar as Sharuk's comical servant. —Albert Williams

Price: $25

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