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Commedia Dell'arte: An Actor's Handbook

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There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 4th 1994 by Routledge (first published February 24th 1994)
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Mary Catelli
Dec 10, 2014 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
I'm not the target audience for this book, never having gotten into acting. But I still found it interesting.

The first part is an overview of how this form of acting evolved and was performed, being very popular for centuries, and how the masks would perform within their scenarios.

The second part is an overview of the "masks" -- that is, the rigid character types that had to improvise their actions within the mask's bounds. The basic categories were the zanni -- the servant class -- the young id
May 29, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
I read this in 2002. It sits on my desk and I refer to it often. It is an esssential book for every actor. Rudlin gives an overview, describes each character and includes scripts and exercises. I have used it many times.
Mar 27, 2014 Lise rated it really liked it
Very useful.
Ian Bond
May 11, 2012 Ian Bond rated it really liked it
Not a read for someone looking to learn a bit about Commedia, but a great read for actors and historians looking into what Commedia truly is and how it functions, both in the 17th and 18th century and today. Well worth reading if you want to understand Mask-work and the basis for western comedy a la Shakespeare and Moliere.
Mar 07, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
A very good overview of the commedia at form. A great starter for those not familiar with commedia del arte.
May 19, 2008 P rated it really liked it
For english readers this is a great overview of the history and some of the traditional characters.
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