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a minor female role in comedy, often that of a pert lady's maid



the role of a pert, witty, resourceful, and clever servant girl who helps her masters in their amorous intrigues. The role originated in the Italian commedia dell’arte with the figure of Servetta and then entered French comedy. Examples of the sou-brette are Dorine and Toinette in Moliere’s Tartuffe and Le Malade imaginaire and Suzanne in Beaumarchais’s The Marriage of Figaro. The role of soubrette appeared in the Russian theater in comedies and vaudevilles in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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the Soubrette and the Queen were typically positive in both primary
Even the Yiddish intellectuals and literati in Warsaw were smitten with Clara--no small feat for a soubrette performing American Yiddish operettas, particularly at a time when American entertainment flooded the European market much to the chagrin of these intellectuals, whose hopes for serious dramatic theater were thwarted by the commercial success of the operettas.
Spirituellement aussi, insiste Michelet, l'homme doit nourrir cet etre enfonce dans un infantilisme douillet, frigide, et teinte de masochisme; confesseur, professeur, medecin, il doit la garder des frequentations corruptrices, des bondieuseries, des prejuges; evincant la soubrette, la confidente et surtout la genitrice, il lui apprend l'hygiene, le menage, l'intendance, lui inculque l'amour de la nature et de la vie, en une sorte de maternage viril ou il s'arroge les privileges des deux sexes.
She was the soubrette lead and Jimmy was playing drums in the pit orchestra.
She finally emerges in a soubrette outfit comprised of spangled blouse and shorts.
La bellezza della Marini e vistosa, da subito paragonata a Marilyn Monroe o, piu giustamente, a Anita Ekberg, mentre molto si e ironizzato sulle sue difficolta di dizione, le movenze un po' disarticolate, una certa qual ineleganza di fondo, tutte caratteristiche che hanno contribuito a farne una soubrette cinguettante e svampita.
When Gilson arrived a few days earlier she did not make much of an impression, with Wormeley describing her as "a pretty creature, half nun, half soubrette, whose name I don't know.
It is a man, Steve, who plays the role of the soubrette.
Wearing women's clothes, Bloom is now a "charming soubrette," in echo of the description of Marie Kendall (woman on display), and then put up for auction.
The soubrette of the 20th-century musical comedy is a version of the Columbine character.
And in a later book, written in collaboration with David Wyn Jones, he adds:(22) 'In reality, Haydn was no longer in the least interested in marrying the olive-skinned Italian soubrette.