THE MOST EXCELLENT HISTORY OF THE MERCHANT OF VENICE or A CABARET DUSTY WITH AGE, THOUGH HIGHLY RELEVANT

Vlastimil Peška, lyrics: Jaroslaw Wykrent
    THE MOST EXCELLENT HISTORY OF THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
    or A CABARET DUSTY WITH AGE, THOUGH HIGHLY RELEVANT

10 men performing 16 male roles + 5 women

The merchant of Venice, viewed by the author in a somewhat different light, nonetheless retaining Shakespeare´s basic theme, undoubtedly ranks among theatergoers´most appreciated subjects, bringing as it does quality humor to the theatrical stage.

Through the subtitle CABARET, the author stresses the fancifulness of the whole story, which manages to address current abuses thanks to its satirical format. 
Thus the individual cabaret sketches or renditions, which constitute a logical whole, deal with the various questionable business practices, notably racketeering, which nowadays proliferate.

The cabaret is set in the 1920s, the heyday of flappers, the emerging jazz scene, classic silent film, tap dancing and, primarily, the post-war economic boom and its naturally attendant growth in dubious dealings.

The lyricist for several of the cabaret tunes, sung in the very color of the times, is Jaroslav Wykrent. The scores are available from the play´s author or through the DILIA Agency.