Lazzi


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Lazzi

 

short scenes of a buffo character, various stunts, jokes, and witty remarks; an important element of the Italian commedia dell’arte. They were usually performed by actors playing the roles of servants—the zanni. The lazzi were not connected with the plot of the presentation, but were a comic emphasis or comment on the main action or a parody of separate episodes. In the 20th century, Italian theaters performing in local dialects still retain lazzi in their productions.

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Lazzi C, Turroni S, Mancini A, Sgarbi E, Neviani E, Brigidi P, Gatti M.
In the second place, the practice, widespread in the sixteenth century, of literary intertextuality and Shakespeare's consequent relationship with Italian literature, has permitted numerous critics to establish parallels between Shakespeare and Italian writers, who include not only the principal ones such as Petrarch, Ariosto, and Boccaccio, but also a small number of minor poets, such as Briccio and Verucci who, toward the middle of the century, utilized in part lazzi of the Italian commedianti (Greward 28).
A questo punto, la rappresentazione assume toni da farsa, abbondano le trovate esilaranti, gli equivoci e i lazzi tipici della Commedia dell'Arte; solo nel finale, con il paventato sacrificio di un agnello in carne ed ossa, il cui destino deve essere deciso dal voto del pubblico per alzata di mano, si ristabilisce la tensione drammatica dell'inizio.
A brief description of a sequence of lazzi in L'Avare in a chapter on "Classic Routines" provides useful insight into the way that comedies of character employ manifestations of exaggerated physicality.
De Falco G, Antonicelli G, Onnis A, Lazzi S, Bellan C, Leoncini L.
In this, Robert Coover exemplifies what is possible when an author clowns literature, partners its naked logical structures, plays with it in virtuosic turns, in narrative lazzi, and novelistic doggerel.
Given this good-humored fraud, it was little wonder that the remainder of the production consisted of Comrnedia dell'arte lazzi rather than anything more significant or serious.
Modern pantomime or slapstick often relies on slightly more complex Lazzi, such as 'The Surprise Embrace': a lover rushes towards the object of his affections, only for her to step aside at the last moment and the lover to embrace a broom handle or some other substitute instead.
The key to reading "Freya" as an Italian comedy is the narrator's claim that Antonia is "like a comedy cameristra" (48), whereby Nelson/Nielsen becomes Freya's innamorata, Jasper Allen is an inamorato and Capitano character, and Heemskirk becomes two Vecchi characters combined (49-50); there are examples of lazzi, or physical comedy, in the story, as well.
Sandy, who trained with David W W Johnstone of Lazzi and Zofia Kalinska of Ariel Teatr, looked at various ways of playing MacHeath.
Les deux premiers actes ne sont rien qu'une serie de lazzi.