Adelaide Fringe 2011
Tubal is given more than his original eight lines in the Shakespeare play, The Merchant of Venice, as he narrates the lengthy history of his good friend Shylock. Guy Masterson gives an intimate performance guiding us through Shylock’s psyche, motivations, thinking, and reasoning as one of the most famous villainous Jews in fiction. Or is he a victim? The recitation is interspersed with footnotes about Shylock’s creator, Shakespeare; his inspiration, the Jew of Mestri in Ser Giovannai’s Il Pecorone; and the original villainous Jew, Barabbas. He re-enacts scenes from The Merchant of Venice to reiterate his argument—he gives an intense and deeply moving performance that radiates energy and zeal.