Comedy of Intrigue

Comedy of Intrigue

Dallas Baptist University Brief definition of Comedy of Intrigue.

Comedy of Manners

Comedy of Manners

The comedy of manners is an entertainment form which satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class or of multiple classes, often represented by stereotypical stock characters. For example, the miles gloriosus (“boastful soldier”) in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the Restoration, or an old person pretending to be young. Restoration…

Comedy of Situation

Comedy of Situation

Dallas Baptist University Excellent definition of Comedy of Situation with references to various Elizabethan plays of the genre. University of California Santa Barbara Course outline notes referring to Comedy of Situation in the New Comedy works of Greek playwright Menander and Roman playwrights Terence and Plautus.

Commedia dell’Arte

Commedia dell’Arte

Commedia dell’arte is a form of theatre characterized by masked “types” which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actresses and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios. The closest translation of the name is “comedy of craft”; it is shortened from commedia dell’arte all’improvviso, or “comedy…

Farce

Farce

In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable. Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the many plot twists and random events that occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid…

High Comedy

High Comedy

High comedy or ‘pure comedy’ is a type of comedy characterized by witty dialog, satire, biting humor, or criticism of life. Today, high comedy can be seen among sitcoms targeted at cultured and articulate audiences The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Good discussion on the essential ingredients of the English High Comedy. Dallas…