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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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“I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.”

Othello Act One By Dennis Abrams ———————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS Othello, a black soldier, the “Moor” of Venice Desdemona, Othello’s new wife Michael Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant Bianca, a courtesan in love with Cassio Iago, Othello’s ensign (a lower-ranking officer) Emilia, Iago’s … Continue reading

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“Our natures do pursue,/Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,/A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die.”

Measure for Measure Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————— MAJOR CHARACTERS Duke Vincentio of Vienna Angelo, the Duke’s deputy Escalus, an old councilor Claudio, a young gentleman Juliet, Claudio’s betrothed Isabella, Claudio’s sister, a novice in a nunnery … Continue reading

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“Beware the ides of March.”

Julius Caesar Act One By Dennis Abrams ———————- Major Characters Julius Caesar (later a Ghost) Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife The conspirators against Caesar:  Marcus Brutus, Caius Cassius, Casca, Trebonius, Decius Brutus, Metellus Cimber, Cinna and Caius Ligarius Portia, Brutus’s wife Lucius, … Continue reading

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“Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crowned king/Of France and England, did this king succeed;/Whose state so many had the managing/That they lost France and made his England bleed.”

Henry V Act Five By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  At a peace conference in France, the two sides negotiate terms – one of which is a marriage between Henry and Catherine.  Henry privately courts and woos here and she … Continue reading

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“If Shakespeare had deliberately set out to deglorify the Battle of Agincourt and King Henry in particular it would seem if he could hardly have done more.”

Henry V Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- I’d like to continue our look at Act Four of Henry V with Harold Goddard’s in-depth look at the Battle of Agincourt. I realize that my posts have emphasized a … Continue reading

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