commedia dell'arte

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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).]
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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]
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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]
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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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Thanks to Peter's judicious curation of the reviews section, Early Theatre has traced several emergent trends in the field, including clustered review essays on new approaches to emotion/affect in early modern drama and the commedia dell'arte. In addition to offering reviews of monographs and edited collections, the journal has been pleased to cover research tools such as new REED volumes and guides to pronunciation, scholarly editions, and performance-as-research events.
Director Kimberley Sykes ensures sub-plots interconnect seamlessly and there is more than a hint of commedia dell'arte in the way actors improvise with the audience.
Some of these farces were only partly written, and were played in the style of Commedia dell'arte with improvisation over a vague plot outline.
KARACHI -- The second piece of theatre presented on Saturday at the ongoing Laughter Fest organised by the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) was titled An evening of commedia dell'arte.
Summary: The closing performance of Lebanon's European Theatre Festival was a contemporary adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's well-known commedia dell'arte play "Arlecchino Servant of Two Masters."
Reiterating an argument that he developed in 1982 in II segreto della commedia dell'arte, Taviani lays out studies of the commedia dell'arte under two columns, one headed "myth" and the other "history".
Her first book was Shakespeare and Commedia dell'arte: play by play about the application of Italian physical comedy and play to Shakespeare's Italian character.
FIVE masked artists are using their body to tell a story inspired by the Italian theatrical form of Commedia Dell'Arte.
Domenico Pietropaolo's monograph consists of seven well-connected chapters providing a comprehensive study of the nature and significance of improvisation, with a zeroed-in focus on the latter as a compositional technique that governs commedia dell'arte using an effective language flow that engages scholars as well as less specialized leadership.
THEATRE Mother Goose Expect to see magic and love combined with a "harlequinade" made of "commedia dell'arte" characters Pantaloon, Columbine, Harlequin and Clown, so there's something for both children and adults to enjoy.
Gareth John Bale is superb as Francis and as well as throwing himself into the physicality of the slapstick role - which draws on the Commedia dell'arte style of performing - he can portray a wealth of emotions through his expressions alone.
Opera Atelier's sterling series of performances restored Mozart's revolutionary classic The Marriage of Figaro to its required commedia dell'arte theatricality, exploding with kinetic charm and 18th-century wit across the intimate Elgin Theatre stage this past October.