commedia dell'arte

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Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters

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In the end all comes out well, when Zerbinetta, the female lead of the Commedia del'Arte play, restores the spirits of the abandoned Ariadne of the opera, the Bacchus arrives to woo her.
Also a trained dancer, she both sings and dances en pointe in the commedia del'arte scenes of Pagliacci.
One of the loveliest of the early porcelain companies was of course Meissen who employed the great modeller Johann Joachim Kandler who did some stunning figures based upon the Italian commedia del'arte.
As a pleasing coincidence Abrams have also published Harlequin on the Moon which relates Harlequin to Pierrot and the commedia del'Arte.
He saves his violent caricature of the convenient percepti on of Jewishness until after the interval, when he suddenly screeches out at us in a hennaed wig and a commedia del'arte hooked nose.