Please Be Gentle: A Conjectural Evaluation of the Masked Performance of the Commedia Dell'Arte

Please Be Gentle: A Conjectural Evaluation of the Masked Performance of the Commedia Dell'Arte

by David Griffiths
     
 

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Focusing on Commedia Dell'Arte, this work provides a historical and critical commentary of the Commedia. It highlights common factors between this genre and that of the Japanese Noh theatre. The author proposes six similarities: characters familiar to their audience and masked, minimal properties and scenery with the focus on the actor, the "families" of

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Focusing on Commedia Dell'Arte, this work provides a historical and critical commentary of the Commedia. It highlights common factors between this genre and that of the Japanese Noh theatre. The author proposes six similarities: characters familiar to their audience and masked, minimal properties and scenery with the focus on the actor, the "families" of performers, a sharp mind as well as an agile body, a professional living on these skills and patronage, and a knowledgeable audience. Complementing this book is the play "Please Be Gentle" which explores the various tricks and devices of Commedia Dell'Arte acting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783718657186
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Series:
Mask Series: A Release of Acting Resources
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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