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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:54:32 EDT
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Sicilian puppets


For my money, the best book on Commedia is The Italian Comedy by  
Duchartre. It has it all with lots of pictures.
 
_http://www.amazon.com/Italian-Comedy-Pierre-Louis-Duchartre/dp/0486216799/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253979693&sr=1-1_ 
(http://www.amazon.com/Italian-Comedy-Pierre-Louis-Duchartre/dp/0486216799/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&
qid=1253979693&sr=1-1) 
 
I also bought a book of Lazzi 
_http://www.amazon.com/Lazzi-Comic-Routines-Commedia-dellArte/dp/0933826699/
ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253979693&sr=1-2_ 
(http://www.amazon.com/Lazzi-Comic-Routines-Commedia-dellArte/dp/0933826699/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books
&qid=1253979693&sr=1-2) 
but cannot recommend it so heartily, as lazzi from that period are not  
entirely clear to the modern audience, just as minstrel show comic routines are 
 uncomprehensible  now.
 
Just for fun, one can read Scaramouche: A Romance of the French  Revolution 
by Rafael Sabatini. Very entertaining. The first book,  not the second. 
 
Would be glad to discuss Commedia with you-- I used to teach it as a  
practical performance class at one time. I also learned to make all the  
traditional masks. 
 
Cheers,
Alice
 
 
 
 
In a message dated 9/26/2009 9:15:42 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
warren-AT-magnificatbaroque.com writes:


This  weekend I am looking into the nexus of commedia troupes, puppets,   
the Medici Court in Florence in the early 17th Century, and Carnival   
in Florence - all of which will influence our upcoming  production.

I never received my first post to this listserv - perhaps  there's a  
problem with my subscription settings. I have enjoyed the  discussions  
I have received  however.

Cheers!
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