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A short comic piece performed after a play, especially during the 1700s and 1800s.


(Theatre) a brief usually comic dramatic piece presented after a play


(ˈæf tərˌpis, ˈɑf-)

a short comic piece performed after a featured play.
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Noun1.afterpiece - a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a playafterpiece - a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a play
piece - an artistic or literary composition; "he wrote an interesting piece on Iran"; "the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests"
exode - a farcical afterpiece in the ancient Roman theater
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If we are to act, let it be in a theatre completely fitted up with pit, boxes, and gallery, and let us have a play entire from beginning to end; so as it be a German play, no matter what, with a good tricking, shifting afterpiece, and a figure-dance, and a hornpipe, and a song between the acts.
book project, nearing completion, deals with a special variety of English afterpiece entertainment, the pantomime.
While Nobody has been charged with "insignificance," based perhaps on the assumption that negative reviews or the play's short run testify to its overall artistic value, it is apparent that many contemporary theatergoers thought Robinson's afterpiece anything but trivial or unimportant.
15) John Oxenford's Rape of the Lock: A Burletta in Two Acts was "First performed at the Royal Olympic Theatre, Monday, March 27, 1837," a purposely ephemeral piece designed to fit the afterpiece space of a theatrical programme.
In large part due to the skills of a variety of clowns and players, by the turn of the century the jig developed into "a short sung-drama that featured as an afterpiece to the main play in the open playhouses, and at times, it seems, as an interlude at bear-baitings" (1).
In The Manager's Daughter, a metatheatrical afterpiece written especially for Jean Davenport by E.
This opened at Wallack's Lyceum on 24 December 1855, ran until 9 January, and then became a regular afterpiece.
In the playhouses of Elizabethan London dramatic jigs were established as the standard ending or afterpiece to more serious theatrical fare.
An afterpiece by cinema historian Ian Meyrick brings the book right up to date, with accounts of the area's two modern multiplexes and the ill-fated attempt to provide a twin-screen operation in the former Rialto-Casino building in Coundon.
Paula Byrne speculates that "The Visit" might have been performed by the Austen family as a burlesque afterpiece to their production of James Townley's farce High Life Below Stairs during the Christmas holiday season, 1788-1789 (13-14); the dedication could then have been added after James became a curate the following summer.
However, in the afterpiece, a play called My Aunt, "the crutches were thrown aside, and he who lay so many months in bed, with a leg shockingly fractured in two places, and who never was expected to have again the use of that limb, walked firmly on the stage, and went through Dick Dashall in a most spirited and elegant style, loudly cheered and applauded through the piece, and exhibiting his usual animation.
He could have begun his evening," Wu recounts in one of the places, where the commentary comes alive with excitement, "at Covent Garden, watching Reynolds's play, before making the journey to Drury Lane (a walk of five minutes, if that) for the afterpiece there.