It is a difficult work more likely to appeal to the theatre specialist than the average playgoer .
The end result flat-lines the material leaving the playgoer with a feeling of being aurally teased.
My own opinion was best summed up by the woman with whom I saw the play, a staunchly liberal, theatrically savvy playgoer who, like me, admires Sam Shepard greatly.
What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery and electric lighting, Elizabethan playgoers had to imagine.
The same production also introduced American playgoers to the three-walled box set, although it did not completely replace the meticulously painted wing-and-drop sets for many decades.
Considering that the production, for the most part, is told in a field, bedroom, and Spanish synagogue - playgoers are hard pressed to believe they are in any of these places.
Such stuff may not have seemed so trifling to women playgoers , since women exerted greater control over movable objects than did men.
Pinocchio offers many well-written jokes for the adult portion of the audience but the slapstick comedy and over-the-top characterizations are a real treat that tickles all ages of playgoers .
Given all these and other dramatic qualifications of Venetian courtesy, playgoers are not surprised when the dynamics of sadism and persecution in The Merchant of Venice challenge its authenticity.
Attentive playgoers conclude that the-not-fully-transferred pain of loss kills Brabantio.