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“We look back at Shakespeare and regret our absence from him because it seems an absence from reality.”

Conclusion to The Play’s The Thing Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Honestly, I can’t believe it’s over. For two and half years, We’ve been reading and talking and thinking about Shakespeare. And to help bring this to a close, … Continue reading

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“Who besides Shakespeare can continue to inform an authentic idea of the human?”

Conclusion to The Play’s the Thing Part One By Dennis Abrams It’s hard to believe it’s been two and half years since we started our journey through Shakespeare’s plays. For me, it’s been incredibly educational, fulfilling, inspiring, and downright fun. … Continue reading

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“Shakespeare has no illusions. To have judged the world will not result in the world being changed.”

Coriolanus Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– To continue with the great Jan Kott, whose very political/class driven take on the play I find most interesting: “The first confrontation is provided by war. The Volscians have attacked Rome. … Continue reading

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“By the pricking of my thumbs,/Something wicked this way comes: –“

Macbeth Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Four:  Desperate for information about the future, Macbeth visits the Witches.  He is warned about Macduff but also told that “none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth.” Hearing that Macduff has … Continue reading

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“If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly/I’ll love her dearly, ever, ever, dearly.”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Five:  Bertram returns to France and is pardoned by the King. When he offers an engagement ring for Lafew’s daughter, however, the King recognizes it as … Continue reading

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“Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore,/Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof:”

Othello Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————– Othello persuades himself that he is acting rationally by demanding “some proof” of Desdemona’s infidelity, but he fails to take into account Iago’s skill at manipulation – or the mysterious workings … Continue reading

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“Welcome ever smiles,/And farewell goes out sighing.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————————- Aeneas breaks the news to Troilus: Diomedes has arrived with Antenor, who is to be exchanged for Cressida With little time left, the couple tearfully exchange love tokens, and Troilus begs … Continue reading

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