The Merchant of Venice, one of three summer Shakespeare plays at
Written by William Shakespeare.
Directed by Rafael de Acha,
assisted by Ricky J. Martinez. With
Euriamis Losada, Cecilia Torres,
Nicholas Richberg, Kimberly
Daniel, Christian Mansfield, Steve
Gladstone, Gene Bunge, Korken
Iskenderian, Annemaria Rajala,
Stephen S. Neal, and Arnaldo
Carmouze. Through July 3; 305-443-5909.
Clueless and weightless might also describe the otherwise strikingly handsome Arnaldo Carmouze as Tybalt. The smaller roles vary in quality, and the acting styles never quite mesh into one unified texture. But for the most part they do justice to the play. Christian Mansfield as Benvolio seems to have stepped in from an Avenue Q rehearsal, but he manages to wring real pathos in the last scene. Annemaria Rajala, too stiff at first, and the honey-voiced Stephen S. Neal have their moments as Lady and Lord Capulet. The fights, choreographed by associate director Ricky J. Martinez, are brilliantly staged: There is real danger here. Come to think of it, there is real life in the Shakespeare Project 2005.