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R - Rated Moments in Shakespeare
"You might think that Shakespeare is all about doublet and hose, Elizabethan propriety, and the strictly PG. Let me disabuse you of that notion as we explore the violent, the racy, and the titillating of Billy's canon. Spoiler warning up front!"
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We find ourselves in Vienna, where a novice nun, Isabella, has been blackmailed into sleeping with the substitute Duke. She sends the Duke's ex-fiancee in her place to avoid being dishonored. It's a bit of a complicated ruse, but the sexual act does take place with the ex-fiancee, and is critical for the plot. Oh la la! Which play features this R-rated scenario?
Measure for Measure
All's Well That Ends Well
A Winter's Tale
This moment is reported, not staged, but it'd be a killer moment if you could stage it - literally, killer. It's from "Julius Caesar", and involves a character's wife swallowing fire to commit suicide. Who is this poor woman, whose despair over her husband's dangerous military situation leads to her madness and death?
What's more R-rated than a good beheading? Which of these characters is *NOT* beheaded in its respective play's text?
Macbeth, of "Macbeth"
Quintus, of "Titus Andronicus"
Hastings, of "Richard III"
Claudius, of "Hamlet"
We travel now to pre-Christian Britain, where the Duke of Cornwall is punishing a traitor. The punishment for this poor man, whose only crime was helping the previous king, is to have his eyes gouged out onstage! Who is the victim of this awful punishment?
Earl of Gloucester
Earl of Kent
In "Titus Andronicus" (a play that will appear more than once on this list), Titus is asked to pay the Emperor a price to save his two presumed-guilty sons from execution. What R-rated price is he asked to pay?
His eyes, to be cut out
His head, to be chopped off
His hand, to be chopped off
His heart, to be cut out
In a rarely-done history play, we see an angry queen murder a child to get back at her rival, the child's father and Duke of York. Then, she torments the Duke, waving the bloody handkerchief stained in his son's blood, and demanding that he dry his eyes on it. Afterwards, she and her allies murder him onstage. Which Queen performs these incredible actions?
In one "comedy", a man challenges his wife (whom he despises) to become pregnant with his child, only after which he will be faithful to her. She rises to the challenge and succeeds through some necessarily R-rated antics. Which aptly-titled comedy boasts this plot?
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
A Comedy of Errors
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
There is a particular banquet scene in "Titus Andronicus" that is R-rated for oh so many reasons. Can you tell me which of the following reasons for an R rating does not appear in the grisly finale of this play?
A father killing his child
Hamlet, while he is more famous for his soul-searching soliloquizing, also has many an R-rated quip and zinger - which of these is *not* spoken by the Prince of Denmark?
"The secret parts of fortune! Most true, she is a strumpet"
"Do you think I meant country matters?"
"Villain, I've done thy mother"
"As your daughter may conceive, look to't"
Oh dear, the guy who says this is quite the horrible human being - who calls out, in a racist, sexist, inappropriate way, to the father of a newly married daughter: "your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs"? "Adult themes," indeed!
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Compiled Jun 28 12