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a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a play

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As an actress, Robinson was famous for her breeches roles, and during the 1779-80 season she played Nancy in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's afterpiece The Camp (Drury Lane, 1778), a "spectacular de Loutherbourg recreation on stage of the military camp at Coxheath" in which Robinson dressed in a soldier's uniform with breeches (Davenport, The Prince's Mistress, 51).
It remained, according to Richard Moody, 'the standard burlesque afterpiece in new York and in theatres across the country' until 1884, and was also popular in Civil War army camps.
John Rich's pantomimes and ballad operas at Lincoln's Inn Fields in the first half of the 18th century had much in common with the Elizabethan jig, while a shrewd theatre manager such as David Garrick would often try to prop up a faltering play with a popular Afterpiece.
Each is the afterpiece within a larger set of celebratory entertainments, culminating in a song of farewell, and each celebrates two honorands in terms of a living miracle that can fulfill the impossible conditions of the shepherdess's oath.
Catharine and Petruchio, as a comic afterpiece appended to other plays, was kept in circulation by John Philip Kemble's revised version throughout most of the nineteenth century.
Although the choreology for this jig is lost, it is not at all unlikely that the 'Garlicke' was a theatre afterpiece or a tavern entertainment and that some of the jig's movements were sexually suggestive, possibly reflecting the awkward gait caused by the pox's debilitating effects on the legs and groin.
The opening sentence sets the tone: 'For nearly ten years, my health had been declining; and for some while before I set forth upon my voyage, I believed I was come to the afterpiece of life, and had only the nurse and the undertaker to expect' (p.
2), Rowson appeared in the dramatic afterpiece following a performance of Inkle and Yarico at Boston's Federal Street Theater, to which she and seven other members of Thomas Wignell's New Theatre in Philadelphia had defected earlier in the fall (Seilhamer 334; Parker 17).
Aldridge then turned the tables on them again by coming out in the afterpiece as the kind of black man they had expected to see in Othello - a humorous buffoon singing, dancing, and speaking in black dialect who was not in full command of his senses or his statements.
Nevertheless, it is a pity that Wetherell did not at least mention it in an afterpiece.
It was probably the rivalry between Drury Lane and Lincoln's Inn Fields which decided Cibber, Wilks and Booth to produce John Weaver's afterpiece The Loves of Mars and Venus on 2 March 1717.
On February 15, the Drury Lane bill included the afterpiece The Sultan; or, A Peep into the Seraglio, which it was observed had "not [been] acted these 11 years" (Hogan, 953).
What is different about the Dione production, however, is that on both nights Lampe served up an afterpiece with it.
Oblivious to time, she fails to observe that the afterpiece has finished, with the requisite extinguishing of the gas lights soon to follow.
So many people are living so long that retirement is no longer just a transient afterpiece, the brief interregnum before death.