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harlequinade

Theatre a play or part of a pantomime in which harlequin has a leading role
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Not only in farce, but in pantomime, too, the "driving mania" made its impact, especially on the routines of Joseph Grimaldi, the most popular player of the "Clown" role in the harlequinade portion of the standard pantomime.
It is clearly important to De Quincey that this symptom of the "driving mania," a nineteenth-century equivalent of street-racing, be emblazoned in highly visible "legends," in "writing and painting" and a "mighty shield." The episode seems to unfold as in a harlequinade, with the indispensable help of signage to convey the topical satire: boorish Clown, perhaps, in the "flaunting" Tallyho representing "plebeian" (191) Birmingham, notorious for its "tawdry" mass-produced goods, with Harlequin Prime atop the dignified and patriotic Royal Mail, blowing a "shattering blast of triumph" on his coach trumpet "that was really too painfully full of derision" (192).
Thomas Greenwood, for example, provided the sets for Harlequin and Fancy, which as Sybil Rosenfeld tells us, were "more splendid than any seen for years." (16) We can confirm this in part from reviews, but, more importantly, we have reproductions of some of the set designs and costumes for these two plays that come to us in one of the most important sources of information about harlequinades: sheets of the scenes and actors printed for the very popular toy theaters, perhaps first offered by William West.
(26) The two harlequinades make much of these animal actors, with Harlequin and Fortunio featuring two Arabian horses, two zebras, and a monkey.
Comedy appeared in the form of short farces, pantomime harlequinades and burlesques.
But there are far more elusive threads: le morceau bien peint ("the well-painted bit") of Thomas Couture's anecdotal harlequinades, for example, that once-famous academician's aligning of small passages of paint side by side in strokes so just and true that when examined closely they strike the eye as fractured and oddly abstract bits of pure materiality.
No more magical setting for his harlequinades can be imagined.
Neuber substituted a careful learning of parts and rehearsal for the heavily improvised farces and harlequinades that then dominated the German stage.
The Covent Garden harlequinade, Harlequin and Fortunio; or The Treasures of China, like Harlequin Brilliant, opens in an orientalizing mode, with the frame for the harlequinade proper taking place in China; the pantomime scenes take us to England, first to Brighton, with the Regent's oriental royal pavilion, and then London, before concluding on the field of Waterloo.
The frame of this harlequinade offers a kind of metatheatrical moment, where a poet, contemplating his last shilling, desires to write a tragedy but realizes the unlikelihood of that project bringing him abundant recompense.
Even so the list is likely to be incomplete since not all the harlequinade or comic scenes were submitted to the Lord Chamberlain.
harlequinade Play or scene, usually in pantomime, in which Harlequin, a male character, has the principal role.