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Unformatted text preview: 91710 Renaissance Between 14th and 15th centuries, Italian drama began to replace religious, mystery, and morality plays with secular drama. They based this work on Roman plays, which based their work on Greek plays Neoclassical drama – based on Aristotle’s Poetics Demanded verisimilitude (strong appearance of the truth) Fantasy and supernatural was avoided Reality was stressed in drama, along with moral lessons Commedia dell’arte Simple and appeared to be improvised Burla was the general plot Comedy of professional player Highly valued because of high level of performance Every aspect was top of the line Stock characters Behavior is predictable, actors often played same role their whole life Pantalone – miserly old man Arlecchino (Harlequin) – cunning clown Punch and Judy – lovers Columbia – zanni servant Italian inspired designs Designed space with stage and staggered wings and painted backdrop that gave a sense of perspective, vanishing point Italian designer: Sebastiano Serilo Introduced proscenium arch to theater First theater to use changeable scenery ...
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- Spring '08