Variety Show

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Variety Show


a type of theater whose productions combine various theatrical genres, music, stage, and circus arts.

The term derives from the Varieté Theater, founded in Paris in 1720. The productions staged by variety show theaters are primarily light and diverting in nature. They are characterized by comedy elements, irony, and parody. Included in the programs of variety shows are one-act plays, individual scenes, and performances by singers, reciters, dancers, musicians, acrobats, jugglers, and conjurers.


Kuznetsov, E. Iz proshlogo russkoi estrady. Moscow, 1958.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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