Understanding Historical Context. Commedia Del ‘Arte. Commedia del Arte. Comedy developed in the 16th century in Italy. Modern influence can be seen in troupes such as Monty Python's Flying Circus and Kids in the Hall (Canadian), and even Bugs Bunny.
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Understanding Historical Context
Commedia Del ‘Arte
Arlecchino (Harlequin)One of the most popular stock characters. The nimble, acrobatic, trick servant. Sometimes childlike and not too bright but usually wins in the end.Mask: sly, cat-like with short noseCostume: tight-fitting tunic and pants with multi-colored diamond patches
Brighella (Brawler)Arlecchino’s companion or crony. Cruel, driven by lust, cynically witty and does anything for money. Tough guy, a good liar, and a schemer.Mask: hooked nose with moustache and greedy expressionCostume: loose-fitting servant’s uniform, may carry a dagger
Il Dottore (the Doctor)Smug, know-it-all professor, who usually knew nothing. Either Pantalone’s friend or rival. Often tricked by others.Mask: stubby, pig-like nose, chubby cheeksCostume: black academic robes and graduation cap