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“Everyone has (or I presume should have) particular favorites among Shakespeare’s plays, however much they worship Falstaff, Hamlet, Lear, and Cleopatra. Mine are Measure for Measure and Macbeth.”

Sexual Hypocrisy in Vienna! An Introduction to William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure By Dennis Abrams ———————————— Although it’s set in Vienna, Measure for Measure, Shakespeare unsettling comedy of sex in the city, seems to reflect more closely than anything else … Continue reading

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“The work of a man whose soul is poisoned with filth.”

Troilus and Cressida An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————- It was once memorably described as “the work of a man whose soul is poisoned with filth.”  That work, Troilus and Cressida, has consistently scandalized critics over the four centuries since … Continue reading

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“This is, unambiguously, the happiest of Shakespeare’s comedies.”

As You Like It An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Although written during the roughly the same period as Twelfth Night (the play following our next play, Hamlet), As You Like It has little of the obvious darkness of Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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“This brilliant and subtle work will always be popular; I could say ‘for the wrong reasons,’ except that all reasons for Shakespeare’s eternal popularity are correct, one way or another.”

Henry V An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————————– With its dramatization of the miraculous triumph by the English at Agincourt under the youthful at one time wastrel king, Henry V is often thought of as Shakespeare’s most overtly patriotic flag-waving … Continue reading

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“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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“The question is — is it the SAME Falstaff?”

The Merry Wives of Windsor An Introduction By Dennis Abrams The only comedy of Shakespeare’s that is set in England from first to last, The Merry Wives of Windsor delights in its social and geographical setting, turning away from the … Continue reading

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“It is difficult to imagine that a historical play as good as Henry IV will ever again be written.”

An Introduction to Henry IV, Part One By Dennis Abrams “No play of Shakespeare’s is better than Henry IV…History as a dramatic form ripens here to a point past which no further growth is possible.” If Richard II is a … Continue reading

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