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Fifth Business...DefinitionTold in the first person in the name of Dunstab ...more
Those roles which, being neither those of Hero nor Heroine, Confidante nor Villain, but which were nonetheless essential to bring about the Recognition or the denouement, were called the Fifth Business in drama and opera companies organized according to the old style; the player who acted these parts was often referred to as Fifth Business.
- Tho. Overskou, Den Danske Skueplads