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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.
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.
though it is an open question whether the afterpiece is the draw.
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).
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.
Each is the afterpiece within a larger set of celebratory entertainments, culminating in a song of farewell, and each celebrates two honorands in terms of a living miracle that can fulfill the impossible conditions of the shepherdess's oath.
Catharine and Petruchio, as a comic afterpiece appended to other plays, was kept in circulation by John Philip Kemble's revised version throughout most of the nineteenth century.
The opening sentence sets the tone: 'For nearly ten years, my health had been declining; and for some while before I set forth upon my voyage, I believed I was come to the afterpiece of life, and had only the nurse and the undertaker to expect' (p.
Aldridge then turned the tables on them again by coming out in the afterpiece as the kind of black man they had expected to see in Othello - a humorous buffoon singing, dancing, and speaking in black dialect who was not in full command of his senses or his statements.
Nevertheless, it is a pity that Wetherell did not at least mention it in an afterpiece.