Al Pacino in 'The Merchant of Venice': Hit

Al Pacino's role as money-lending villain Shylock in New York's Public Theater production of the Shakespeare comedy was the talk of the city, said Times theater critic Charles McNulty, who added, "It's also the most intriguing element in veteran director Daniel Sullivan's handling of a play that is as curiously compelling as it is notoriously troubling." -- Whitney Friedlander
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