Episode 65: Goats and Monkeys!, Othello Act 4

Summary

The animal imagery starts to get pretty heavy in Act 4 as Othello gets mind-f*cked by that demon, Iago. Goats, monkeys, minxes, skunks… There’s no telling who or what is having sex in his imagination. He is sliding far from the noble, charismatic hero we first met back in Act 1. That’s why they call it a tragedy…

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Helpful quick hits on how to make sense of all this Shakespeare shit, coming with Episode 70!

Episode 64: From the Blood of Dead Virgins, Othello Act 3

Summary

That handkerchief! Holy shit! What a piece of work! Othello suspects that Desdemona has given it to Cassio so he can wipe her smell out of his beard. In a jealous froth, he tells Des the story of where the handkerchief came from and it’s f*cking terrifying!! It’s all downhill from here for them.

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Tips and Tricks Handbook coming with Episode 70! Stay tuned!

Episode 63: It’s Guy Love! – Othello, Act 3

Summary

Is Iago in love with Othello? Does he hate that about himself? Wouldn’t that be motivation to destroy first everyone else that Othello loves and then the man himself? Hey, it’s a theory we have… see what you think. In this whopper of a scene, Act 3: Scene 3, the antitheses, the opposites in the themes of the play start to swap places. Watch as Othello’s language changes and he begins adopting Iago’s word choices – bestial imagery for sure. It’s a fascinating study in psychological manipulation.

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Episode 62: Drinking Songs and Limp Dicks, Othello Act 2

Summary

In which Iago begins to implement his plan by first taking out Cassio and laying (snicker, I said laying) the groundwork for his ultimate goal.

Diana sings the songs, thankfully.

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Iago works his secret plots in the night and while everyone else is celebrating. Beware!

Episode 61: Wife Swapping, Othello Act 2

Summary

Iago is one paranoid fucker. He thinks Othello has slept with his wife. He thinks Cassio has slept with his wife. Basically he’s the one who is suffering from extreme jealousy. Pretty soon he will find some company for this misery. No fear. 

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Episode 60: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Othello Act 1

Summary

Meet Desdemona. She’s kind, beautiful and generous, and yes, she will ultimately be an innocent victim, but she ain’t so virginal and proper. The girl knows what she wants! She knew exactly what she was attracted to and she went out and got it, and her father and the old white dudes in Venice can’t believe their ears! 

Pay attention to the word ‘ear’ which gets repeated a LOT in this scene too. Is it a coincidence that ear is Elizabethan slang for vagina? 

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Important Notes for this episode:

• hear how Othello and Desdemona fall in love

• Desdemona wants to have sex – very unladylike. The men in her world just can’t seem to believe that she has her own wishes and desires.

• parentheses – subtext – new for Shakespeare

Episode 59: The Sooty Bosom

Summary

Meet the man himself. Hear him speak – calmly, eloquently, so very unlike a “savage.” He is surrounded by savages, to be sure.

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Important Notes for this episode:

• how does Iago speak to Othello to his face?

• do we have clues what Othello thinks of him here? Why did he pass him over?

• by Janus – Iago’s deity is the 2-faced god, the god of reversals, beginnings and endings

• the word ‘foul’ used multiple times here, and then throughout the play will mean Black

• when Brabantio speaks to Othello he is really confronting the betrayal he feels he’s suffered, stolen property (daughter is his to dispose of – although he has allowed her to refuse other men). He pits ‘us’ (ALL of Venice) against the foul ‘him’. He’s imagining the sex they had. 

Episode 58: The Beast With Two Backs, Othello Act 1

Summary

Meet Iago, foul-mouthed malevolent malcontent, and hear him tell you all about what kind of nasty fellow he is. He spews about his hatred of his fellow soldiers, and especially his hatred of the general of his army, the Moor. So when you hear people say “Oh Iago has no motive for the terrible things he does…” uh… just tell them to read the first f*cking scene!!!

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Stay tuned for study guides! Have no fear Shakespeare is an easy mystery to crack once you get the hang of it.

Thanks peter-forster-ouVAsbiwzlo-unsplash for the awesome photo!

Episode 57: The Black Man Cometh – Introduction to Othello

Summary

Is this ‘the racist play?’ We will get into that right off the bat here and tell you what we think. It is certainly a deeply complex exploration of many many themes: love/hate, innocence/guilt, black/white, jealousy/trust, reality/fantasy… We can’t wait to get into it, so here’s a bit of a set-up so you know what you’re in for.

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Stay tuned for complete study guides. Coming soon!

Episode 56: A Tale Told By Two Drunkards, Macbeth Act 5 end

Summary

This episode is done Drunk Shakespeare-style with your crazy hosts sipping whiskey throughout. We hope you giggle in places and still find the content useful. We tried to edit out some of the long pointless rambles, but ya know… 

By the way, theme song for Mac’s last day: Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. Whaddaya think?  🎵 “My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me…”🎶  “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage…”  Yes, these are the weird connections that occur in our brains. They burst forth after a bit of whiskey…

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