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Commedia dell'arte - way(or at least to pretend to see it...

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Commedia dell'arte meaning "comedy of professional artists" Improvisational street theater Italy, 16 th -18 th centuries (but inspired work in other nations as well, as in Molière in France in 17 th cent.)
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Scenarios performed on carts
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Masks/Characters Stock Characters! (actors specialized in 1) Amorosi (lovers) were unmasked Women were unmasked
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Arlecchino
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The old men Pantalone Il Dottore
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Il Capitano Brighella
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The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare, 1594 Basic Plot: A rich man has 2 daughters. The older, Katherina must be married first, but she is a shrew! The younger, Bianca is every man’s dream. Bianca’s suitors find a man, Petruchio, who will woo the shrewish Katherina so Bianca can get married. Bianca’s suitors pretend to be scholars to woo her behind her father’s back. Petruchio forces Katherina to see the world his way (or at least to pretend to see it his way).
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Unformatted text preview: way (or at least to pretend to see it his way). The Taming of the Shrew Characters • Baptista, a rich gentleman of Padua, father of Bianca and Katherina. Katharina the shrew, older Bianca (younger, unavailable while older sister’s unwed) • Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, a suitor to Katharina. o Grumio, and several other servants to Petruchio. • BIANCA’S SUITORS: Hortensio (long hair) (pretends to be Litio, a music scholar). Gremio (old man) Lucentio (The best suitor, very rich/handsome) (Pretends to be Cambio, a Latin scholar, and Gremio hires him) o Tranio (pretends to be Lucentio) and Biondello, servants to Lucentio. The Taming of the Shrew • Directed by William Ball • American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) – Recorded for PBS in 1976- Starring Marc Singer and Fredi Olster...
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