Circus Word: Commedia, the

Commedia, the [noun]

Commedia is a style of physical theater that originated on the streets of 16th century Italy. Commedia involves use of ¾ masks, stock characters, simple plots of misfortune, mis-identity, misunderstandings, and basic human drives. Often involves acrobatic stunts, fast movement, chases, and improvisation around a general outline on the part of the actors.

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