Act 2, Scene 34 – “Spoiler – Not a lot.”

Trial5-page-001Notes on The Trial of Antonio Part Five

The verdict is in and it’s time for a happy ending in the penultimate installment of our Merchant of Venice adventure – or perhaps not, as our heroines discover just how much their husbands love them. (Spoiler – not a lot.)

One of the things I like about Portia and Nerissa is that they inhabit a more complicated world than they’d like to – and in Portia’s case, than she thinks – and a larger canvas gave me a chance to show them dealing with the complexities of headlining their world. This fifth chapter also created a chance to show another side to Nerissa, who has spent a lot of her appearances in the comic being the sensible voice of reason.

The curtain comes down next week. What have we learned?


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