TDHT 22 :
Commercial / Professional Theatre
Prof. Janet Smarr
Note: this course has a TED website.
The syllabus is under Information.
The powerpoints and some assigned texts will be
HOW did Europe in 1500s go from
amateur theatre o
= theatre (not just comedy)
= professional guild
Begins mid-16th century near Venice
Roots of Commedia dellArte
- Mountebanks = traveling salesmen + family
- Buffoons (buffoni) = dinner-party entertainers
Plays: revival of anci
Shakespeare and the Roman-Italian comic tradition:
His actors knew commedia dellarte actors and methods.
Shksp refers to commedia character types (expects his audience to know).
Italian character names point to Italian sources.
Twelfth Night uses from the