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“Hang there like fruit, my soul/Till the tree die.”

Cymbeline Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- Act Five:  Deep breath:  Convinced that Imogen is dead, Posthumus repents and joins the British side: disguised as a peasant, he saves Iachimo (who doesn’t recognize him).  Belarius and his “sons” … Continue reading

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“I lodge in fear./Though this is a heavenly angel, hell is here.”

Cymbeline Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams  ——— Act Two:  Determined to win his bet, Iachimo asks Imogen to safeguard a large trunk which he (surprise!) hides in, coming out as she sleeps and stealing her bracelet. Returning to … Continue reading

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“I have a quite unjustifiable sense that Shakespeare would like us to experience this play as somehow taking place at the very periphery of vision, where lands and times and events merge together…”

Cymbeline An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————————————– Even now, no one is quite certain exactly why Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s final comedies (if that’s truly what it is), was included in the list of “Tragedies” in the First Folio, but … Continue reading

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“What we need to do is to expand our notion of what ‘Shakespearean’ might mean when we use it to describe a play.”

Pericles An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————————— Let me start out by saying – I’ve never read this play, so I’m going to be experiencing it for the first time right along with all of you.  And…in terms of our … 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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“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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“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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