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  • Witty Fools and Foolish Wits
    February 18, 2022 Evan Robertson

    Witty Fools and Foolish Wits

    Many years ago, I had the opportunity to be in three productions of Twelfth Night, playing Orsino, Feste and Malvolio. Feste was by far the most challenging. With the love-sick Duke Orsino and the puritanical party-pooper Malvolio, motives are clear...

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  • Hell is Empty
    February 11, 2022 Evan Robertson

    Hell is Empty

      This line kicks off the second scene of The Tempest. Stunned by the fury of Prospero’s supernatural storm, a horrified Ferdinand leaps into the sea while shouting this zinger (delivered via the spirit Ariel).  We know he meant "devils" literally. But we...

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  • What, You Egg!
    February 8, 2022 Evan Robertson

    What, You Egg!

    Wait, I can explain. It began when we asked our super-smart-Shakespeare-scholar friend what her favorite quotation was. We promised to illustrate it no matter what. Apparently, she took it as a challenge. Her answer?:  "What, you egg!" [Stabs him].  Challenge accepted.  We could...

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  • Enter Pirates
    February 3, 2022 Evan Robertson

    Enter Pirates

    "Enter pirates." - Shakespeare Huh? Why, of everything the Bard wrote would we pick this absurd stage direction to illustrate? Because it was there, my friend. Because it was there. Like our other favorite stage direction ("Exit, pursued by a bear"),...

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  • I Like This Place
    February 1, 2022 Evan Robertson

    I Like This Place

    What is it about an undersized box that cats find so irresistible? Whatever it is, Celia and Rosalind must have felt the same way when they bought themselves a tiny cottage in the forests of Arden. Out of context, Celia's...

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  • Oscar Wilde
    January 31, 2022 Evan Robertson

    Oscar Wilde

      Wilde is reported to have dropped this zinger upon arrival in the New York Customs House in January of 1882. According to the apocryphal story, the customs yank was not amused.  We love this quotation because it captures so much about Wilde...

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