Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook

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An entertaining and highly illuminating account of Commedia's origins as a popular theatrical form, plus a practical and timely step-by-step guide to using commedia techniques in performance.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2580415047701
  • Manufacturer: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)
  • These items ship to U.S. address only. No APO/FPO.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The commedia dell'arte
Origins 13
The mask 34
Playing Commedia 48
Pt. II The stock characters
The zanni 67
The old men 91
The Lovers 106
II Capitano 119
Colombina 127
Other Masks 134
Pedrolino 134
Pulcinella 138
Scapino 147
Scaramuccia 151
Tartaglia 154
Minor Masks 157
Pt. III The twentieth century
Craig at the Arena Goldoni 163
Meyerhold Dappertutto 167
Copeau's new improvised comedy 177
Charles Dullin: letters from the front 185
The Servant of Two Masters 191
The Lecoq school 200
Le Theatre du Soleil 203
The San Francisco Mime Troupe 211
TNT (The New Theatre) 220
Dario Fo 226
Carlo Boso and Antonio Fava 232
Restoration or renovation? 240
Appendix: Making a leather mask 249
Notes 263
A selection of works on commedia dell'arte in English 275
Index 277
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