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“But what talk we of fathers when there is such a man as Orlando?”

As You Like It Act Three By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Three:  Orlando is pining away for love, leaving poems about Rosalind throughout the forest.  When Rosalind appears with one such poem, Celia teasingly reveals who the poet is; when … Continue reading

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“Caesar, now be still,/I killed not thee with half so good a will.”

Julius Caesar Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Five:  As news reaches Antony and Octavius that the enemy is approaching, the two men quarrel.  As the battle commences, Brutus attacks Octavius’s troops but Cassius, believing that his own forces … Continue reading

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“The strings, my lord, are false.”

Julius Caesar Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Four:  Antony, Octavius Caesar and Lepidus have assumed the leadership of Rome.  Meanwhile, Antony and Cassius combine their forces at Sardis, but the two men quarrel when Brutus accuses Cassius of … Continue reading

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“But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honourable man.”

Julius Caesar Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  At the Capitol, Caesar rejects Artemidorus’s letter but instead listens to a petition requesting that the banishment of Metellus’s brother be repealed.  When he refuses, the conspirators stab him to … Continue reading

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“And since the quarrel/Will hear no colour for the thing he is,/Fashion it thus…”

Julius Caesar Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Two:  Brutus privately concludes that Caesar’s ambition means he must die.  Joined by Cassius and other conspirators, he agrees to kill Caesar, but Brutus vetoes the suggestion that Antony should also … Continue reading

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You define who you are by your reaction to Falstaff…Those who do not care for Falstaff are in love with time, death, the state, and the censor.”

Introduction to Henry IV, Part Two By Dennis Abrams Is it possible for a sequel (other than The Godfather, Part Two of course) equal the original?  In the case of Henry IV, Part Two, the answer is a resounding yes. … Continue reading

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“I am glad that Shakespeare made Shylock a Jew.” — W.H. Auden

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Before we move on to Belmont, Act Five, and the absence of Shylock, there’s a little more I’d like to talk about concerning Act Four and…Shylock.  First I’d … Continue reading

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“Which is the merchant here and which the Jew?”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- As much as I appreciate and respect Harold Bloom on all things Shakespearean, I think when it comes to The Merchant of Venice, he is too wrapped up … Continue reading

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“Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more/But just a pound of flesh.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Four:  Although Bassanio has arrived back in Venice and offers to repay Antonio’s debt twice over, Shylock demands nothing less than his full legal rights.  The Duke … Continue reading

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“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh?If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us do we not revenge?”

The Merchant of Venice Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  Shylock is incensed by Jessica’s flight and the fact that she has stolen money and jewels from him, but is cheered (or is he?) by the news that … Continue reading

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