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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.
As in Garrick's afterpiece A Peep Behind the Curtain, or, Vie New Rehearsal (1767), a courtship plot moves the action of this meta-theatrical play forward.
While the young preacher assembles only a small audience in the local schoolhouse, addressing them soberly "on the welfare of their immortal souls," the Story-Teller, in the village theater, in the space between an ill-acted version of "the tragedy of Douglas" and some unnamed afterpiece, to a largely drunken audience led to expect some world-renowned performer, recites the hastily assembled tale called "Mr.
I didn't really understand what an "afterpiece" was in the theatrical life of England in Restoration or Georgian/Augustan times.
(Alfred was Frangois's brother, and was his predecessor as Sullivan's assistant; moreover, he was later to compose the 1886 smash hit show Dorothy--a significant work that deserves an edition in its own right, if sufficient source material is extant.) After All first appeared as an afterpiece in the original run of H.M.S.
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.
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).
Aye, and to long for the afterpiece. Since the tragedy dragged, might she not divert herself with that well-bred man beside her?" (43).
In The Manager's Daughter, a metatheatrical afterpiece written especially for Jean Davenport by E.
The "Afterpiece" by Teresa Casal entitled "Painting with Words and Becoming Other People: Theatre and the Visual Arts in Molly Fox's Birthday and Authenticity--An Interview with Novelist Deirdre Madden" closes this ambitious and comprehensive volume on the relations between the different modes of representations and the arts contemplated from a socio-cultural and historiographical perspective.
This opened at Wallack's Lyceum on 24 December 1855, ran until 9 January, and then became a regular afterpiece. It was the main attraction at Wallack's once again in May 1856, then
In the playhouses of Elizabethan London dramatic jigs were established as the standard ending or afterpiece to more serious theatrical fare.