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Carlo Boso

Fear and laughter in popular theatre

Authored by: Anna Cottis

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415745062
eBook ISBN: 9781315750842
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613374


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The last 20 years have seen a huge expansion in the number of theatre schools and universities that teach Commedia dell’Arte as an ordinary core subject that theatre practitioners should know about. It is no longer necessary to go to the Piccolo Teatro School or to Lecoq to meet Commedia masks as part of basic training. However, the relevance of Commedia today is not always apparent to the students, or even to the teachers; it is sometimes taught as a historical Italian curiosity, worth knowing about and entertaining for a short workshop, but not something one can really put into practice.

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