Speed Merchant (of Venice) adds Performances at Theatre Asylum

If you missed seeing Action! Theatre Company’s Speed Merchant (of Venice) at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last month, you’re in luck. The company will present two additional performances at Theatre Asylum: Saturday, July 14 at 8:30pm and Sunday, July 15 at 5:00pm. Named “Best of Hollywood Fringe,” this 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice is directed by Tiger Reel and adapted by Reel and Jack Young, Head of the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program and Houston Shakespeare Festival Associate Artistic Director.   More

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Make Haste to the Fringe Festival and See Speed Merchant (of Venice)


A well-thought out, carefully orchestrated Speed Merchant (of Venice), based on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, is playing at Artworks Theatre as part of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Directed by Action! Theatre Company artistic director, Tiger Reel, it is a provocative interpretation of the play – smart, contemporary, funny & challenging, and it even came in at exactly 90 minutes as the schedule said it would.

Reel’s beautiful prologue artfully addresses the long standing question of whether Bassanio and Antonio are lovers in a symbolic dance of changing partners that also establishes the tension between Venice’s Jews and Christians. Just as Antonio is left odd man out during the Godfather-esque waltz, so too is Shylock, the moneylender, left outside the final circle of citizens and made to endure the cruelty and belittlement of Antonio and his friends. It’s an incredibly effective and affecting way to begin the play.  More

Shakespeare at The Fringe: Speed Merchant (of Venice)

David Hardie as Bassanio and Jon Weinberg as Antonio

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is underway and look what we found on the Festival’s schedule…Shakespeare! It’s Action! Theatre Company’s world premiere, Speed Merchant (of Venice), adapted by the company’s Artistic Director, Tiger Reel, and Jack Young, Head of the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program and Houston Shakespeare Festival Associate Artistic Director. This is the follow-up to Action! Theatre Company’s 2011 LA Weekly nominated techno-military adaptation of Othello (which was terrific.)   More

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