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Commedia Dell'Arte AUG 7 SCREEN

Commedia Dell'Arte AUG 7 SCREEN

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Published by: Sirbu Catalin on Jan 31, 2011
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COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE
A STUDY GUIDE FOR STUDENTSfor the improvisational theater style “Comedy of Skills”
 
Introduction
2
Te Rise o 
Commedia Dell’Arte 
 
3
Commedia Dell’Arte:
A imeline
5
Te Classic Characters o 
Commedia Dell’Arte 
 
6
Lazzi: Te Nuts and Bolts o Comedy 
9
Chaplain, Keaton, and Lloyd: Te Silent Film Comedians
10
Classics o the Silent Film Era
12
Te Resurgence o Improvised Comedy 
14
ry It Yoursel: wo-Person, wo-Minute Improv 
16
 Works Consulted
18
COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE
 
Introduction
Commedia dell’arte 
translates as “comedy o skills”: an improvisationalstyle o theater which began in sixteenth-century Italy and ourished inEurope or 200 years.raveling companies o proessional actors perormed outdoors inpublic squares, using simple backdrops and props. Each member o thecompany played a particular stock character – the tricky servant, thegreedy old man, the young heroine – wearing masks and costumes thatdened the character’s personality.Te actors worked rom a basic outline, improvising the dialogueand incorporating jokes and physical comedy “bits” as they went. Teperormers always played the same characters, changing only their situ-ations (or example, in one scenario the greedy old man might be theyoung heroine’s ather, keeping her away rom her sweetheart; in another,he might be her elderly husband.)Te translation “comedy o skills” reers to the skills that the proes-sional comic actors developed: they each had a repertoire o jokes, unny speeches, comic insults, and physical stunts to draw rom in their per-ormances.Te great silent movie comedians Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton,and Harold Lloyd drew on the acrobatic physical comedy o 
commedia
intheir lms. Te energetic, improvisatory humor o the
commedia
troupesis similar to the work done by contemporay improv comedy groups suchas Second City, the Groundlings, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.Te stock characters o 
commedia dell’arte 
live on in modern sitcomcharacters (such as the lovable but dumb husband, the know-it-all nextdoor neighbor, the wisecracking best riend) who deal with changingsituations each week.
 A theater mural eaturing
commediadell’arte 
characters
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