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Favourite passages from plays!

  1. Sasha S profile image73
    Sasha Sposted 8 years ago

    Off the back of Chris A's topic on poetry (Favourite line/s from a poem) I was curious as to what your favourite passages from plays are! Personally, I love this passage from Othello:

    Iago:   O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
        It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
        The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss
        Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
        But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
        Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!

    Othello: O misery!

    Iago:   Poor and content is rich and rich enough,
        But riches fineless is as poor as winter
        To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
        Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend
        From jealousy!

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    LEWJposted 8 years ago


    ...and nothing we can call our own but death
    And that small model of the barren earth
    Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.
    For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
    And tell sad stories of the death of kings.

    This passage is cited concerning the assassination of JFK by an actor in the movie "Executive Action" starring Burt Lancaster.

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    cosetteposted 8 years ago

    Roger: [Sung] I know, this something is... here goes.
    Mimi: [Sung] Here goes.
    Roger: [Sung] Guess so, it's starting to... who knows?
    Mimi: [Sung] Who knows?
    Mimi, Roger: [Sung] Who knows where, who goes there? / Who knows... here goes / Trusting desire, starting to learn... / Walking through fire, without a burn / Clinging a shoulder, a leap begins / Stinging and older, asleep on pins / So here... we... go... / Now we...
    Roger: [Sung] Oh no.
    Mimi: [Sung] I know.
    Roger: [Sung] Oh no.
    Mimi, Roger: [Sung] Who knows where, who goes there? / Here goes... / Here goes... / Here goes... / Here goes... / Here goes... / Here goes...
    [They kiss]

    -from "Rent"

    (i saw this at Gammage - one of the best plays i have ever seen in my life)

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    elliot.dunnposted 8 years ago

    if we can do musicals...i love the words in the Les Miserables song "Bring Him Home".  if you've never heard you have to watch colm wilkinson's performance from the 10th anniversary of Les Mis.


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    torimariposted 8 years ago


    Dysart: "...I'll give him the good Normal world where we're tethered beside them--blinking our nights away in a non-stop drench of cathode-ray over our shrivelling hands! I'll take away his Field of Ha-Ha, and give him Normal places for his ecstasy--multi-lane highways driven through the guts of the cities, extinguishing Place altogether, even the idea of place! He'll trot on his metal pony through the concrete evening--and one thing I promise you: he will never touch hide again!...Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor! It cannot be created."

    Haha, I whipped the book out just to pick one of the many epic quotes in this awesome play.

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    cosetteposted 8 years ago

    *sigh* love that one too. it melts your heart. i hope musicals are ok...they are plays also, just with music added.


    This above all — to thine ownself be true;
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    -Polonius, Act I, scene iii (Hamlet)

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      elliot.dunnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i didn't even realize your profile name was cosette! isn't les miserables the greatest?

      I don't say he's a great man. Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.
            -Linda Loman, Death of a Salesman, Act 1

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        cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        ok that is too weird...i was just going to quote 'Death of a Salesman'!

        yes, Les Misérables has been a favorite of mine since i was a little girl and watched that film on tv with my dad.

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    Foxxfireposted 8 years ago

    Shakespeares Macbeth is my favorite play!

    What is it she does now? Look how she rubs her hands.

    It is an accustom'd action with her, to seem thus
    washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of
    an hour.

    Lady Macbeth:
    Yet here's a spot.

    Hark, she speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to
    satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

    Lady Macbeth:
    Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!—One; two: why, then
    'tis time to do't.—Hell is murky.—Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and
    afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our
    pow'r to accompt?—Yet who would have thought the old man to
    have had so much blood in him?

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    LEWJposted 8 years ago

    To be, or not to be, that is the question....from Hamlet, by Shakespeare.