Commedia Dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook, Paperback Book
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There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses.

In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq.

The second part of the book provides a unique practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of Zanni, Arlecchion, Brighella, Pantalone, Dottore, and the Lovers in terms of movement, mask-work and voice.

As well as offering a range of lazzi or comic business, improvisation exercises, sample monologues,and dialogues.

No other book so clearly outlines the specific culture of Commedia or provides such a practical guide to its techniques.

This immensely timely and useful handbook will be an essential purchase for all actors, students, and teachers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 296 pages, 25 b&w photographs
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Acting techniques
  • ISBN: 9780415047708



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In only 260 pages, this book gives a plethora of information about Commedia Dell'Arte: if anything, too much.It is really designed as a tool for an actor intending to perform in Commedia, but it is an excellent source of knowledge.The book goes from basic history, through the characters to an article upon the making of a mask!