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Harlequin

(här`ləkwĭn, –kĭn): see commedia dell'artecommedia dell'arte
, popular form of comedy employing improvised dialogue and masked characters that flourished in Italy from the 16th to the 18th cent. Characters of the Commedia Dell'Arte
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harlequin

comic character in commedia dell’arte; dressed in multicolored tights in a diamond-shaped pattern. [Ital. Drama: NCE, 1194]
See: Clowns

harlequin

1. Theatre a stock comic character originating in the commedia dell'arte; the foppish lover of Columbine in the English harlequinade. He is usually represented in diamond-patterned multicoloured tights, wearing a black mask
2. (of certain animals) having a white coat with irregular patches of black or other dark colour
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Considero Toto il grande Arlecchino del Novecento Dario Fo
Given the unstructured, improvised nature of "Arlecchino," the comedy at times bordered on incoherent and the plot was somewhat unclear.
Arlecchino evidently has some ability and another slight ease in the ratings can help his task.
Per la complessione morale dei cinesi, vale ancora una volta la scoperta di Arlecchino: "e tutto come qui" (A IV 6, 397).
Much of the fun of The False Turk comes from the audience knowing exactly what is going on when Arlecchio dresses Flavio up as a Turk (with Arlecchino himself as the Turk's serving man) and anticipating Pantelone's ire when he realises he has been duped.
Another text box introduces the alazon/eiron partnership that Northrop Frye first developed and how it corresponds to other similar partnerships, such as Pantalone and Arlecchino or a duo in a Monty Python sketch.
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To outsiders, its inhabitants spoke a guttural language, and it was the birthplace of the commedia dell'arte's character Arlecchino. Lastly, Bergamo's history of schooling is representative of trends and patterns reflected in nearby cities and in the Venetian republic for its broad-based support of education as a necessary component for participation in civic and religious life.
This gave birth to characters like Arlecchino e Colombina in Bergamo, Pantalone in Venice and Pulcinella in Naples, who have all become part of Italian tradition.
Don't miss one of the city's best ice cream shops, the Arlecchino on rue du 31 decembre, right across the street, offering 30-40 flavors of homemade ice cream at $3.25 (3.50 francs) a dip.
Siro Ferrone, writing on the actor Tristano Martinelli detto Arlecchino, has mounted a convincing argument for Giovan Battista's work as transcription rather than composition; however, Ferrone is reluctant to extend his conclusions to other actor-character pairs, regarding Arlecchino as a special case.
Early commedia dell'arte was not yet 'The World of Harlequin': Arlecchino's regular inclusion in the published scenarios of Flaminio Scala (1611) contrasts with his almost complete absence from other Italian plays and scenarios of that time.