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com·me·dia dell'ar·te

 (kə-mā′dē-ə dĕl-är′tē, -tĕ, -mĕd′ē-ə)
A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries and characterized by improvisation from a standard plot outline and the use of stock characters, often in traditional masks and costumes.

[Italian : commedia, comedy + dell'arte, of the guild, professional (from arte, art, craft, guild).]

commedia dell'arte

(Italian kɔmˈmeːdia delˈlarte)
(Theatre) a form of popular comedy developed in Italy during the 16th to 18th centuries, with stock characters such as Punchinello, Harlequin, and Columbine, in situations improvised from a plot outline
[Italian, literally: comedy of art]

com•me•dia dell'ar•te

(kəˈmeɪ di ə dɛlˈɑr ti, -ˈɑr teɪ)

Italian popular comedy of the 16th through 18th centuries, in which masked actors improvised from plot outlines based on stock characters.
[1875–80; < Italian: literally, comedy of art]

commedia dell'arte

Italian comedy characterized by the use of improvisation and masks.
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Noun1.commedia dell'arte - Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending
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The commedia dell' arte approach emphasized the fairy-tale nature of this play, focusing on the archetypal loving fathers and young lovers.
Examinations of the three authors' letters, diaries, and aesthetic treatises show how each responded critically to these traditions, developing their own understandings of what dance was and could be made to express in a text: each drew more widely on cultural traditions involving relatively unorthodox, subversive practices of movement such as the cancan and the performances of the commedia dell' arte.
No hay, desde luego, un paralelismo formal o tematico entre esta Comedia del arte azoriniana y la acostumbrada Commedia dell' Arte de la tradicion escenica renacentista italiana.
But the wealthier households may well have displayed porcelain groups of the very commedia dell' arte figures which had appeared on the galanty show screen.
We also take care of the artists' development in other ways--by providing workshops and master classes, perhaps with a specialist in [the improvisational and comic style of] commedia dell' arte that may not be directly show related, but it broadens the artists' horizons.
His most famous figure modelling, however, was of characters from the Italian Comedy - the Commedia dell' Arte - whose vivid, even raucous characters were perfect for the medium.
Due to stage restraints, resulting from it being decorated for the Guild's other concurrent production, ``Lend Me a Tenor,'' ``Pinocchio'' will be a commedia dell' arte presentation - a stylized version that relies on actors and costumes to tell the story instead of scenery.