Monthly Archives: November 2011

“No treachery, but want of men and money.”

Henry VI, Part One Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act 1:  Henry V, England’s greatest king, is dead.  His funeral is interrupted by the news that his greatest legacy – the conquest of France – is under threat and … Continue reading

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“Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crowned king/Of France and England, did this king succeed,/Whose state so many had the managing/That they lost France and made his England bleed/”

Henry VI, Part 1 An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————————— We’ve done two comedies and one tragedy – now it’s time to begin Shakespeare’s first historical play – Henry VI, Part 1.  It’s the first in what is commonly referred … Continue reading

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When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes,/I all alone beweep my outcast state…”

Sonnet #29 By Dennis Abrams SONNET 29 When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries And look upon myself and curse my fate, Wishing me … Continue reading

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Enter Titus Andronicus with a knife, and Lavinia with a basin.

Titus Andronicus Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Five:  Believing that Titus has gone mad, Tamora, Chiron and Demetrius show up at his housed dressed up as Revenge, Rape and Murder.  Titus, realizing who they are, agrees to summon … Continue reading

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She takes the staff in her mouth and guides it with her stumps and writes.

Titus Andronicus Act Four By Dennis Abrams ———————- Act Four:  Lavinia identifies her attackers (and lets Marcus know she was raped) by pointing to the tale of Philomel in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and by inscribing their names in the sand.  Titus … Continue reading

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Enter a Messenger, with two heads and a hand.

Titus Andronicus Act Three By Dennis Abrams Act Three:  Titus pleads in vain for the lives of his sons, Quintus and Martius, to be spared, and another son, Lucius, is banished for trying to rescue them.  Marcus then enters with … Continue reading

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Enter the empress’ sons [Demetrius and Chrion], with Lavinia, her hands cut off, and her tongue cut out, and ravished.

Titus Andronicus Act Two by Dennis Abrams Act Two:  Tamara’s sons, Chiron and Demetrius, are arguing over Lavinia.  Aaron the Moor interrupts and suggests that instead of trying to woo her, that they simply take her by force.  Titus, meanwhile, … Continue reading

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“Titus Andronicus should be played by romping drag queens, so that its outrageous mannerims clearly emerge.”

Titus Andronicus Act One by Dennis Abrams Act One:  The Emperor of Rome is dead, and his sons, Saturninus and Bassianus, vie to succeed him.  A third candidate, Titus Andronicus, is nominated as the people’s choice, but must bury those … Continue reading

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“But since she prick’d thee out for women’s pleasure, Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.”

The Taming of the Shrew Final thoughts Sonnet #20 by Dennis Abrams “Kate is a woman striving for her own existence in a world where she is a stale, a decoy to be bid for against her sister’s higher market … Continue reading

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“I am asham’d that women are so simple”

The Taming of The Shrew Acts Four and Five by Dennis Abrams Does this clip look or “feel” like the play we just finished reading? ———————- Act Four:  After an arduous journey, during which Katherine falls off her horse and … Continue reading

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