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Commedia Plays: Scenarios - Scripts - Lazzi
A collection of short commedia dell’arte plays, sketches, and exercises for use in the classroom and drama workshop. Each play has a detailed introduction and is presented in both outline form and full text. Each of the pieces is suitable for performance on stage and may also be used as the basis for improvisations.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Nick Hern Books
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Traditional Italian Commedia (AKA Commedia dell'Arte) was all about a troupe of actors and comedians using their archetypal 'masks' (stock characters) and routines (Lazzi) stage-tested over generations to ad-lib 'scenarios' (essentially scene breakdowns). Very different to the way plays are created today. However the ancient 'lazzi' are still seen in every comedic performance by everyone from the Marx Brothers to Eddie Murphy. This book is highly valuable in that it gives (before each play) the ...more