Thursday, January 24, 2013

If I Had My Pound of Flesh, Yubba Dibby Dibby Dibby Dibby Dibby Dibby Dum

Anyone else find it, what?--funny? strange? weirdly inappropriate?--that this year's Stratford Festival (the Ontario one) has programmed The Merchant of Venice, that most antisemitic of plays, along with Fiddler on the Roof, that most Jewiest/schmaltziest of Broadway musicals? Is the latter intended to neutralize the former?

FYI, I'm thinking of writing a musical version of Merchant that will have a fiddle-playing Shylock and Bock/Harnick-esque songs. Title: The Taming of the Jew, of course. 

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