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District Merchants 

When: Sundays, 2 p.m., Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 10 2019
Price: $42-$45
Playwright Aaron Posner reimagines Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice for an American audience with his drama District Merchants. Set in Restoration-era Washington, D.C., it tells the story of Antoine, a wealthy black merchant, and Shylock, a successful Jewish moneylender. Antoine's friend Benjamin Bassanio wants to woo an heiress, but he's blown through his own inheritance. He asks Antoine for a loan, but Antoine is cash-poor at the moment. Perhaps a loan may be agreed upon with Shylock. Shylock, who knows Antoine is an anti-Semite, grudgingly agrees on the condition that if Antoine forfeits, Shylock gets a pound of his flesh. Posner delves into racism, religious strife and the strained relationship between minority groups in America, as well as legal inequality and predatory lending. New Jewish Theatre presents District Merchants at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 24 to February 10) at the Wool Studio Theatre in the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $42 to $45.
— Paul Friswold

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