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“Only a little let him fall before me,/That I may tell my soul, he shall not have her.”

The Two Noble Kinsmen Act Three By Dennis Abrams Act Three: Separated from the royal party while out celebrating May Day, Arcite is suddenly confronted by Palamon. The two argue over Emilia once again, before agreeing to fight a duel … Continue reading

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“Than I will trust a sickly appetite/That loathes even as it longs.”

The Two Noble Kinsmen Act One By Dennis Abrams MAJOR CHARACTERS Prologue and Epilogue Palamon and Arcite, cousins (the two “noble kinsmen”), both nephews of King Creon. Theseus, Duke of Athens Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, later Theseus’s wife Emilia, … Continue reading

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“We cannot come to the end of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, because every time we achieve a new perspective, other fresh vistas appear that evade our expectations.”

The Winter’s Tale An Introduction By Dennis Abrams —————————– The title may seem all too appropriate given the weather we’ve been having for the last week, but to call something a “winter’s tale” was actually Jacobean slang for something fanciful … Continue reading

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“Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea./Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.”

Pericles Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————————- Scenes 5-9:  As news arrives regarding Trailart’s plot, Pericles once again leaves, but is shipwrecked in a storm. He is washed up on the shore near Pentapolis, where he is looked after by … Continue reading

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“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.”

Twelfth Night Act Five Conclusion By Dennis Abrams ————————- Boy oh boy, do I love this play.  After doing the reading for my posts, I sat down and reread the whole thing – just for the sheer enjoyment of it.  … Continue reading

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“One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons!/A natural perspective, that is, and is not!”

Twelfth Night Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Five:  Confusion mounts when discussion between Cesario/Viola and Orsino is interrupted by Olivia. As the Duke attempts to win his lady one last time, she triumphantly announces (is there … Continue reading

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“O, if it prove,/Tempests are kind, and salt waves fresh in love!”

Twelfth Night Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Three:  Olivia confesses her love to Cesario/Viola but Viola lets her know that it cannot be returned.  Noting Cesario’s apparent success with Olivia, the frustrated Sir Andrew is persuaded by Toby … Continue reading

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“Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

Twelfth Night Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Two:  Sebastian has survived (surprise!) – rescued by Antonio – although he, too, thinks his twin is dead and resolves to head for the court of Orsino.  Meanwhile…Viola/Cesario has fallen in … Continue reading

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“If music be the food of love, play on,/Give me excess of it, that surfeiting,/The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

Twelfth Night Act One By Dennis Abrams ————————- MAJOR CHARACTERS Orsino, Duke of Illyria Valentine and Curio, Orsino’s servants Viola, a shipwrecked lady (later disguised as Cesario) Sebastian, her twin brother A Sea Captain Antonio, another sea captain Olivia, a … Continue reading

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“Bittersweet, lyrical, and deeply emotional, “Twelfth Night” has long been thought of as perhaps Shakespeare’s most “perfect” comedy.”

Twelfth Night An Introduction By Dennis Abrams Bittersweet, lyrical, and deeply emotional, Twelfth Night has long been thought of as perhaps Shakespeare’s most “perfect” comedy.  Written shortly after Hamlet and As You Like It, its mood is delicately posed:  while … Continue reading

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