La Commedia Inglese: English Plays of the Commedia Dell'Arte

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Talia Felix, Aug 2, 2010 - 118 pages
The Commedia dell'Arte is best known through the works of authors like Goldoni, Scala, Moli re, and other European writers. However, it has had substantial influence over English-language theater as well. This volume contains four plays of the genre, spanning from the 18th through 21st centuries. Included works cover a variety of subjects, such as "Harlequin Premier", a predecessor of the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup" in which The Doctor seeks to alter the diet of the country of Barataria to consist of nothing but macaroni; the 20th century play "Matinata" in which the classic scenario of Harlequin's efforts to woo Columbine is played, and a recent play with an old setting, "Combat of the Masks" in which 16th century Genoa provides a story of love, alchemy and trickery where the Muses duke it out on stage. Fans of the commedia and the English stage alike are sure to benefit from this collection.Includes:Harlequin PremierScaramouch in NaxosMatinataThe Combat of the Masks
 

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Contents

HARLEQUIN PREMIER
5
SCARAMOUCH IN NAXOS
26
MATINATA
57
THE COMBAT OF THE MASKS
73
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