Commedia dell'arte Essays

  • 70s Show Analysis

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    Firstly, commedia dell’arte is a “form of comic theatre, originating in Italy in the sixteenth century, in which dialogue was improvised around a loose scenario involving a set of stock characters, each with a distinctive costume and traditional name” (Wilson and Goldfarb 510). The stock characters associated with commedia dell’arte are Commedia were Pantalone (a lecherous, miserly old Venetian), Dottore (a foolish pedant who

  • Dario Fo's The Accidental Death Of An Anarchist

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    Dario Fo’s play The Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a farce based on a 1969 incident in which an anarchist railway worker, Giuseppe Pinelli, who was arrested as a suspect of terrorist bombing, fell out of a fourth floor window, raising questions as to whether he jumped or was pushed out of the fourth floor window, at a police station during the course of an interrogation in Milan. Fo set out to use the events as an inspiration to write one of his most successful play. However, the madman is the

  • Servant Of Two Masters

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    Antonio Sacco, who is known to be the great Truffaldino’s in history. His earliest drafts had sections that were reserved for improvisation, but was revised in 1753 in the version that exists today. The play draws on the tradition of the early Italian commedia dell 'arte. Act One begins in Venice where Clarice, daughter of Pantolone, is betrothed to Silvio, the son of Doctor Lombardi. Brighella, the local innkeeper, witnesses the occasion, but gets interrupted by the arrival of the servant Truffaldino

  • A Certain Lady Dorothy Parker Analysis

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    The poem “A Certain Lady” by Dorothy Parker, is an unrequited love declaration presented in first person by the speaker to a love interest, whom remains oblivious to the feelings expressed by the speaker. The writer, Dorothy Parker, best known her piercing wit and wordplay was a celebrated writer and critic during the prime of the roaring 20’s and 30’s. A biography on her life and people she worked with while she wrote gives insight to a story about a woman who was lonely, sad, and unlucky in love

  • Columbina Character Analysis

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    Columbina is one of the many loved stock characters of Commedia dell’ Arte. Perhaps the wisest character and undeniably the most rational, she is most times the only one who has her head on straight. Many describe her to be sassy, sexy and sarcastic. With her quick wit and unabashed flirtatious personality, she brings a strong female aura to the mix. She’s smart, sharp, self-educated and oozes confidence; never afraid to keep her fellow male counterparts in check, (even if it means whacking her own

  • Commedia Dell Arte Character Analysis

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    Commedia Dell’arte is a form of theatre identified by improvisation and a cast of set stock characters. This theatre type was created in the 16th century in Northern Italy which later was found to be performed all over Europe. Comedia Dell’arte is an Italian word which directly translates to ‘comedy of skills’. The theatrical performances were usually performed in open air venues and based on a set scenario and plan which the characters then improvised their dialogues on. It focused on improvisation

  • Pantomime Vs Cabaret

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    It has undergone somewhat of a semantic change from its Greek etymology meaning “imitating all”, and presents a cohesive fusion of nursery rhyme and story-telling, harnessing distinctive features such as “commedia dell’arte figures… topical and often satirical references, [an] elaborate stage set… all in plots that display a total disregard of logic”. (Kaplan p. 266 – 276). Max Beerbohm notes in his description of the art that pantomime is the only form of drama

  • Kabuki Theatre Analysis

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    The most spectacular about costumes in Kabuki theatre is the role of the assistance with the hikinuki, quick changes done onstage. “Hikinuki means pulling out, and the change of costume is done by the stage assistants by pulling out basted threads in the outer kimono until the top layer can be torn away” (Corts, 2013). In the beginning section of famous “Sagi Musume" (Heron Maiden) where Tamasaburo (the Kabuki actor) morphed from a heron to a machi musume (town girl) by means of a quick change of

  • Arlechino Character Analysis

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    At the start of the 18th century, the previously beloved, but perhaps growing stale Commedia dell'Arte began to shift. At the head of this movement was innovative playwright, Carlo Goldoni, inspired to "purge of its nastiness" the traditions of Commedia which has gone awry (Kennard 76). With his desire for change came the creation and performance of plays with literary and performance elements pushing past previous understanding of 'Commedian' theatrics. At the core of these changes were adaptations

  • The Servant Of Two Master Character Analysis

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    Play Card 1: The Servant of Two Masters The Servant of Two Masters is a comedy written by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni in the sixteenth century. The story falls into the genre of comedy because it uses traditional characters from Commedia Dell'arte and is a story about a sly servant creating a humorous mix up between his two masters. Plot: The play begins at the house of Pantalone. Pantalone’s daughter, Clarice, is signing a marriage contract with Silvio. Truffaldino arrives at the house

  • Social Realism In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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    of material success brought on financial anxieties and insecurities for many families. It is these societal pressures that influence the characters and work ethics of the Loman family. Willy’s character is very similar to the one-dimensional Commedia dell’arte

  • Power Of Revenge In Othello

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    Iago’s deceptive, vengeful, and envious motives. Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty. Othello was published in the early sixteenth century. Commedia dell’arte, a popular comedy in Italian theatres, persuaded Shakespeare’s motives when writing Othello. Shakespeare writes this play with a “disturbing, tragic ending, not the traditional romantic tragedy that has puzzled

  • Deceitful Motives In Othello

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    Iago’s deceptive, vengeful, and envious motives. Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty. Othello was published in the early sixteenth century. Commedia dell’arte, a popular comedy in Italian theatres, persuaded Shakespeare’s motives when writing Othello. Shakespeare writes this play with a “disturbing, tragic ending, not the traditional romantic tragedy that has puzzled commentators” (Whalen). The deceitful

  • A Comparative Analysis Of Tartuffe And The Octoroon

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    in. Technically, Tartuffe, a satire, was created during French Neoclassicism; However, for this research, I will be focusing on French Classicism. Moliere (a.k.a Jean- Baptiste Poquelin) is known for his comedies that follow the style of Commedia Dell'arte. Moliere also became a friend to King Louis XIV, who