The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre. In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations. What results is a bitter-sweet drama. Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice. Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary.
Heart-Shaped Box is a ghost story for the modern generation. The main character, Judas, seems the unscared type. But when he meets a ghost from his past with only one goal, to kill Judas and anyone who helps him, the story takes us down a creepy, spooky night road that we may never leave...alive.