The Theater: Gift of Tongues

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Lust, reasoned the Marquis de Sade, is responsible for ambition, cruelty, avarice and revenge. A couple of centuries before, William Shakespeare had said the same thing, only better, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a sensual, even savage, account of the lunacy of love. Four sexually infatuated Athenians make fools of themselves and try to murder one another, while jealous Oberon casts a spell on unfaithful Titania that leads her to bed down with an ass. With characteristic perversity, Shakespeare presented this demonic fantasy as an ode to...

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