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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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“How all occasions to inform against me,/And spur my dull revenge.”

Hamlet Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————- One point I’d like to make right off the bat:  We’ve talked a lot about Shakespeare’s use of “doubling” throughout Hamlet – but I don’t think the Hamlet/Ophelia doubling has been … Continue reading

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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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“What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor?…Did you ever hear the like?”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Two:  Mistresses Page and Ford have been sent identical love letters by Falstaff.  The two (not unlike, let’s say Lucy and Ethel), plot revenge:  they will pretend to … Continue reading

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