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You define who you are by your reaction to Falstaff…Those who do not care for Falstaff are in love with time, death, the state, and the censor.”

Introduction to Henry IV, Part Two By Dennis Abrams Is it possible for a sequel (other than The Godfather, Part Two of course) equal the original?  In the case of Henry IV, Part Two, the answer is a resounding yes. … Continue reading

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“I am amazed, methinks, and lose my way/Among the thorns and dangers of this world.”

King John Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Five:  John gives in to the Pope’s wish, but Pandolf is unable to call off the Dauphin.  As war breaks out, news arrives that the French reinforcements have been shipwrecked.  Suffering … Continue reading

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“Grief fills the room up of my absent child, /Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,/Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,/Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;/Then have I reason to be fond of grief.”

King John Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Four:  Back in England, Hubert visits the cell where Arthur is being held, but, ultimately, cannot bring himself to use red hot irons to burn out young Arthur’s eyes.  At court, … Continue reading

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“Yet indiscretion thereby grows direct,/And falsehood falsehood cures, as fire cools fire/Within the scorched veins of one new burned.

King John Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Three:  After the wedding, Constance berates King Philip and the Duke of Austria for their weakness but is interrupted by the arrival of Cardinal Pandolf, the papal legate.  The Cardinal tells … Continue reading

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“And now he feasts, mousing the flesh of men/In undetermined difference of kings.”

King John Act Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————- ACT TWO:  The two armies confront each other at Angers.  The French claim the city for Arthur; King John demands it as his.  A citizen, acting as spokesman, vows loyalty to the … Continue reading

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“But from the inward motion to deliver/Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age’s tooth:/Which, though I will not practice to deceive,/Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn;”

King John Act One By Dennis Abrams —————— MAJOR CHARACTERS King John of England, brother of deceased Richard (of the lion’s heart) I Queen Eleanor (of Aquitaine), their mother. Prince Henry, John’s son (later King Henry III of England) Lady … Continue reading

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“What makes Faulconbridge’s startling reality (or, if you prefer, the illusion of such reality) possible?”

King John An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————- The Life and Death of King John can be thought of as the chronicle play that got away.  Set in an earlier period of medieval history than the two “tetralogies,” it is … Continue reading

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