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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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“Uncover, dogs, and lap.”

Timon of Athens Act Three By Dennis Abrams ———————— Act Three:  One by one, Timon’s so-called “friends” refuse to help him, all making the feeblest of excuses.  As the servants of Timon’s creditors move in pressing their claims, Timon enters … Continue reading

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“When thou can’st get the ring upon my finger, which never shall come off, and show me a child begotten of thy body that I am father to, then call me husband, but in such a ‘then’ I write a ‘never.’”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Three:  The Countess’s delight on hearing the news of the marriage quickly turns sour when she receives a letter from Bertram declaring that he has fled. Helena announces … Continue reading

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“I do not know any other eminent work of Western literature that is nearly as nihilistic as ‘Measure for Measure’, a comedy that destroys comedy.”

Measure for Measure Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- Act Five:  At the city gates, the Duke (no longer in his Friar disguise) meets Escalus and Angelo.  Isabella is brought before him – unaware that he and the friar are … Continue reading

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“I will not consent to die this day, that’s certain.”

Measure for Measure Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Four:  The bed-trick (naturally) works, but the Duke learns that Angelo has failed to keep his side of the bargain:  Claudio still faces execution. Invoking the Duke’s authority, he persuades … Continue reading

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“Thou hast nor youth, nor age,/But as it were an after-dinner’s sleep/Dreaming on both.”

Measure for Measure Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Three:  The Duke (still in disguise) visits Claudio to prepare him for death. Isabella arrives at the prison, and reluctantly tells her brother about Angelo’s proposition. But when he begs … Continue reading

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“Say what you can, my false o’erweighs your true.”

Measure for Measure Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Two:  The practical problems of Angelo’s puritanical clampdown are exposed when the doltish constable Elbow attempts to have Pompey and Froth tried for corrupting his wife. Isabella is then brought … Continue reading

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