May 30, 2018 to June 02, 2018 in Tuscaloosa , AL
8 p.m. each night; live pre-show music at 7:30
Tuscaloosa's summer Shakespeare company The Rude Mechanicals opens its 16th season with "The Merchant of Venice." Down-on-his-luck Bassanio needs bling to impress fair Portia; his merchant pal Antonio's temporarily cash-poor, with all his ships out on voyages. Reluctantly, they borrow from moneylender Shylock, who insists his enemy Antonio sign a pound of his flesh to the paperwork. In court, after Antonio's ventures all fair, Shylock seeks to cut out his heart; a disguised figure arrives to lay down the law, and the mercy.