First Lines of Plays

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Jen found this interesting New York Times article about the first lines of plays. My two cents:

First cent: A lot of the first lines cited don’t seem that great.

Second cent: Christopher Marlowe began all his plays with fantastically interesting and energetic openings while his contemporary Will Shakespeare tended to soft-pedal his beginnings. Marlowe’s plays tend to lose their steam in the middle while Shakespeare’s tend to build throughout.

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