Scenarios played a very important part in Commedia Dell'Arte. Scenarios are what the actors used to act out there play with different ideas scenes and storyline. Besides Commedia Dell'Arte being about improvisation, scenarios often gave different ideas on what to act out. There are many different scenarios in Commedia Dell'Arte. Most scenarios involve Lazzi and also a lot of slapstick. A lot of these scenarios are originals were created when Commedia Dell'Arte first became a recognised genre of theatre. Some of these include-
~The Two Harlequins
~The Wedding Scheme
~The Haunted House
~Sleepless in Siena
~La Fortunata Isabella
And many more.
Lazzi is considered as an Italian joke or improvised action in Commedia Dell'Arte to provide entertainment and joy for the audience. Lazzi is used in performances to show the skill of the acrobatic actors or to just make everyone watching laugh. Some Lazzis can be used as an acrobatic stunt or a very funny joke. Here are some Lazzis:
Unspilled Wine- This when Arlechinno performs a backwards summersault without spilling a glass of wine.
Slapping Lazzi- This is when a zanni is holding plates of food in his hands and slaps someone else with their foot.
Shield Lazzi- Shield Lazzi is used when Arlechinno is about to be hit by someon ebut grabs someone in front of them to take the blow.
Revival Lazzi- When a Zanni attempts to revive a fainted woman by pulling her hair back.
Chair Lazzi- Just as the Captain attempts to sit down Arlechinno pulls the chair back and the Captain falls over.
Lazzi of Latin- When the doctor gets English words and Latin words mixed up.
Although there were many theatres for Commedia Dell'Arte. A lot of productions were done in people's homes.(Big Houses)
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