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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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“Marry, sir, they have committed false report, moreover they have spoken untruths, secondarily they are slanders, sixth and lastly they have belied a lady, thirdly they have verified unjust things, and to conclude, they are lying knaves.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————— Act Five:  Leonato and Antonio angrily confront Claudio and Don Pedro and accuse them of killing Hero, but they refuse to be drawn, and are much surprised when Benedick enters … Continue reading

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“I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest…Kill Claudio.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Four:  As the wedding ceremony begins, Claudio savagely denounces Hero, backed up by Don Pedro and Don John.  Hero faints away, convincing her father of her guilt.  Friar Francis … Continue reading

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“…you may say they are not the men you took them for.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————– How does Shakespeare do it?  How does he make this play, made up of two very divergent stories, come together so nicely?  Let’s look at Tony Tanner’s take: … Continue reading

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“And Benedick, love on, I will requite thee,/Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Three:  Don Pedro’s plan continues to work when Beatrice overhears Hero and Ursula describing Benedick’s secret passion for her.  At this point, Don John arrived announces that Hero has … Continue reading

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“When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Two:  At the ball, Don Pedro successfully wins Hero for Claudio, but the latter is persuaded by Don John that he has actually done so for himself.  After Don … Continue reading

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“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon Benedick, a young lord from Padua Claudio, Benedick’s companion, a young lord from Florence Balthasar, a singer attending Don Pedro Don John, Don … Continue reading

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