Monthly Archives: February 2013

“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.”

Twelfth Night Act Five Conclusion By Dennis Abrams ————————- Boy oh boy, do I love this play.  After doing the reading for my posts, I sat down and reread the whole thing – just for the sheer enjoyment of it.  … Continue reading

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“One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons!/A natural perspective, that is, and is not!”

Twelfth Night Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Five:  Confusion mounts when discussion between Cesario/Viola and Orsino is interrupted by Olivia. As the Duke attempts to win his lady one last time, she triumphantly announces (is there … Continue reading

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“Are all the people mad?”

Twelfth Night Act Four By Dennis Abrams ——————— Act Four:  Sebastian is talking with Feste, who believes him to be Cesario, when he is attacked by Sir Andrew – who ALSO thinks that he is Cesario.  Sebastian retaliates and Sir … Continue reading

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“O, if it prove,/Tempests are kind, and salt waves fresh in love!”

Twelfth Night Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Three:  Olivia confesses her love to Cesario/Viola but Viola lets her know that it cannot be returned.  Noting Cesario’s apparent success with Olivia, the frustrated Sir Andrew is persuaded by Toby … Continue reading

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“Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

Twelfth Night Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Two:  Sebastian has survived (surprise!) – rescued by Antonio – although he, too, thinks his twin is dead and resolves to head for the court of Orsino.  Meanwhile…Viola/Cesario has fallen in … Continue reading

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“If music be the food of love, play on,/Give me excess of it, that surfeiting,/The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

Twelfth Night Act One By Dennis Abrams ————————- MAJOR CHARACTERS Orsino, Duke of Illyria Valentine and Curio, Orsino’s servants Viola, a shipwrecked lady (later disguised as Cesario) Sebastian, her twin brother A Sea Captain Antonio, another sea captain Olivia, a … Continue reading

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“Bittersweet, lyrical, and deeply emotional, “Twelfth Night” has long been thought of as perhaps Shakespeare’s most “perfect” comedy.”

Twelfth Night An Introduction By Dennis Abrams Bittersweet, lyrical, and deeply emotional, Twelfth Night has long been thought of as perhaps Shakespeare’s most “perfect” comedy.  Written shortly after Hamlet and As You Like It, its mood is delicately posed:  while … Continue reading

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