Little England to Shakespeare in the Park

July 7, 2010

We went on Sunday night to see The Merchant of Venice in Central Park. My parents had bought tickets to take other friends and for a variety of reasons, Scott and I got to go instead. It’s only the second or third time I’ve seen professional Shakespeare and I forgot how it is light years away from Dee Brown’s cultish productions at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck with my friends trying to get all of the lines out. This was not that.  Any anxiety about not being able to follow along with the plot or understand who was who was totally unfounded. Al Pacino played Shylock, but he was not the best of the cast. Also, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was sitting a few rows ahead of us. Sweaty in a well worn orange baseball cap, I can’t help but wonder if he’s friends with Mario Batali, they look a bit like kindred spirits.

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