In Much Ado About Nothing, according to the stage directions for the dance, Don John is not masked during the revels. Why? Act II

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This is a very shrewd question. Well done for noticing this tiny detail! If you think about the context of the rest of the scene in Act II scene 1, you can see that it is vital that the major actors are masked: only with this disguise can the merriment of tricking Benedick and Beatrice go on. However, consider what Don John is planning to do. It is vital that...

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