Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Nov. 18

mercahnysIn the Winspear Opera House’s smaller performance space, you’ll find a staged reading of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

The comedy has some exceedingly dramatic moments, especially since the whole thing takes place in an economically bustling, but divided Venice where the animosity between Christians and Jews is bubbling to the surface. These tensions are made manifest by the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who seizes the opportunity to exact revenge on his cash poor Christian rival, the merchant Antonio. (Shylock also makes the speeches you’ll probably recognize, such as “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”). Elsewhere, in Belmont, the wealthy and eligible bachelorette Portia must choose a husband based on the riddle her father left for potential suitors in his will. One of her suitors happens to be Bassanio, a noble who routinely borrows money from Antonio. It all comes together somehow. Since it’s a Monday night, your nearby eating options are sadly limited. Jorge’s is a good and faithful friend.

Also tonight, Casa Rubia opens its door in Trinity Groves. You can be the first try Omar Flores’ Spanish tapas. As Nancy tells us over on SideDish, this is the chef’s second collaboration with John Boudoin. The first was Driftwood in Oak Cliff.

For more to do tonight, including a Mavs game, go here.