Monthly Archives: September 2012

“They make much ado about nothing because they know nothing will come of nothing, and so they speak again.”

Much Ado About Nothing An Introduction By Dennis Abrams Set in the Sicilian town of Messina, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing positively sizzles with holiday spirit.  Its rich humor was, in fact, singled out early by his contemporaries:  in … Continue reading

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“Let me not to the marriage of true minds/Admit impediments. Love is not love/Which alters when it alteration finds,/Or bends with the remover to remove…”

William Shakespeare, Sonnet #116  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du9x5TT3rDs SONNET 116 Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an … Continue reading

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“I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass.”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Five:  At midnight, Falstaff waits in the Park, disguised, as instructed, as Herne the Hunter – an ancient woodland spirit.  Just as Mistresses Ford and Page arrive, the … Continue reading

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“If it should come to the ear of the court how I have been transformed, and how my transformation hath been washed and cudgeled, they would melt me out of my fat drop by drop, and liquor fishermen’s boots with me.”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————- Act Four:  At Ford’s house, Falstaff’s renewed attempt to seduce Mistress Ford is stalled once again by the arrival of Mistress Page, warning that an angry Ford is on … Continue reading

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“I had rather be set quick i’th’earth,/And bowled to death with turnips.”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  the duel between Caius and Evans fails to occur when the Host of the Garter sends them to different places; reconciled, the two men agree to be … Continue reading

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“What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor?…Did you ever hear the like?”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Two:  Mistresses Page and Ford have been sent identical love letters by Falstaff.  The two (not unlike, let’s say Lucy and Ethel), plot revenge:  they will pretend to … Continue reading

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“Briefly, I do mean to make love to Ford’s wife. I spy entertainment in her…”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Major Characters Townspeople of Windsor Margaret Page (the first “wife”) George Page, Margaret Page’s husband Anne Page, their daughter William Page, their son, a schoolboy Alice Ford (the second … Continue reading

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