History Theatre / TwoGentlemenOfVerona

3rd Oct '16 6:45:16 AM MisterDrBob2
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''Two Gentlemen of Verona'' is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. The two gentlemen in the title, Proteus and Valentine, are sent by their fathers to the imperial court at Milan, where they both fall in love with the emperor's daughter Sylvia. Unfortunately, Proteus was already in love with his childhood friend Julia...

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''Two Gentlemen of Verona'' is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies.comedies, and perhaps even his earliest play period. The two gentlemen in the title, Proteus and Valentine, are sent by their fathers to the imperial court at Milan, where they both fall in love with the emperor's daughter Sylvia. Unfortunately, Proteus was already in love with his childhood friend Julia...Julia. Proteus contrives to have Valentine banished by the emperor (or Duke, the play is just a bit inconsistent) so he can have Sylvia all to himself, but she is repulsed by his treachery. Meanwhile Julia has come to Milan disguised as a boy to try to reunite with Proteus, and Valentine has become the leader of a band of lovable rogues.

''Two Gents'' is a controversial play for many reasons, not the least of which is Proteus' attempted rape of Sylvia near the end and his ''very'' quick forgiveness. Many see it as one of Shakespeare's weaker plays, and the hasty ending seems to indicate a fledgling playwright. However, a lot of the tropes Shakespeare would use several times over throughout the course of his career first show up here: the clownish servant, the girl disguised as a boy, etc.



* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder
* AmbiguouslyGay: Despite the play's basically heterosexual LoveDodecahedron, it's not hard for Valentine and Proteus to come off as this.

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder
AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: It doesn't take long for Proteus to forget his vows of eternal love to Julia after he sees Sylvia.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Despite the play's basically heterosexual LoveDodecahedron, it's not hard for Valentine and Proteus to come off as this.this to modern viewers. In Shakespeare's day, male friendship was seen as a higher ideal than romantic love between a man and a woman.



* BeMyValentine

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* %%* BeMyValentine



* CoupledCouples

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* CoupledCouples CoupledCouples: The original couples of Valentine and Sylvia and Proteus and Julia end up together by the end of the play.


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-->"Nay, it will be this hour ere I have done weeping."


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** For that matter, we've got either "Thurio," "Turio," or "Tyrio."
16th Oct '14 1:02:34 AM foxley
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* StrippingTheScarecrow: In the musical version, Julia and Lucetta sing about getting their SweetPollyOliver costumes from a scarecrow.
13th Oct '14 7:32:54 PM haloinsider
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Proteus' response toward the end of the play, after realizing just how far he's fallen.
16th Sep '13 12:04:54 AM yisfidri
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* CoupledCouples
28th Nov '12 10:03:39 PM LancelotG
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* CloudCuckoolander: Launce

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* CloudCuckoolander: LaunceLaunce.


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* SadClown: Launce.
9th Jun '12 7:11:33 PM DarkConfidant
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* [=~The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything~=]: We never see the bandits in the forest actually engage in banditry.

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* [=~The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything~=]: ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: We never see the bandits in the forest actually engage in banditry.
4th Jun '12 4:20:25 PM LancelotG
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* {{Malaproper}}: Launce.
2nd Jun '12 9:12:40 PM LancelotG
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* UrineTrouble: In a monologue, Launce recounts how he was kicked out of a supper after taking the blame for Crab's wetting the floor.

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* UrineTrouble: In a monologue, Launce recounts how he was kicked out a few humiliating experiences of a supper after taking the blame for Crab's wetting the floor.this kind with Crab.
29th May '12 9:44:53 AM LancelotG
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--> Nay, I remember the trick you served me when I took my leave of Madam Silvia: did not I bid thee still mark me and do asI do? when didst thou see me heave up my leg and make water against a gentlewoman's farthingale? didst thou ever see me do such a trick?

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--> Nay, I remember the trick you served me when I took my leave of Madam Silvia: did not I bid thee still mark me and do asI as I do? when didst thou see me heave up my leg and make water against a gentlewoman's farthingale? didst thou ever see me do such a trick?
29th May '12 9:44:28 AM LancelotG
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--> Thou thinkest not of this now. Nay, I remember the trick you served me when I took my leave of Madam Silvia: did not I bid thee still mark me and do asI do? when didst thou see me heave up my leg and make water against a gentlewoman's farthingale? didst thou ever see me do such a trick?

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--> Thou thinkest not of this now. Nay, I remember the trick you served me when I took my leave of Madam Silvia: did not I bid thee still mark me and do asI do? when didst thou see me heave up my leg and make water against a gentlewoman's farthingale? didst thou ever see me do such a trick?
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