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  1. The 3 knocks means that it is the end of the act and there will be an intermision while the characters rest for the next scene.

  2. Michael Wresinski says:

    What do the 3 knocks before performance mean?

  3. Jade Nutt says:

    I think this website is really good due to year 10 drama is hard and seeming ive got one year till my GCSE and I really think this website is really good and clever to use, but I think this website would be really good for all subjects but different titles, really good for drama, since I have started drama it has helped loads!


  4. – Pronunciation: co-MAY-dee-ah del AR-tay.
    Actually, it’s Italian, so it would be Com-MEH-dee-a del-LAHRT-eh. The way you said it is the way someone ignorant of the pronounciation would attempt to pronounce it.
    Ps: I’ve trained in it when I was fourteen and live in a town with a lot of Italians and am half it myself.
    Have a nice day! 🙂

  5. Does this decsribe the time of Othello

  6. I’m currently writing my final paper for Development of Drama I class at Wayne State University in Detroit, and this article has covered nearly everything that My professor lectured about in class. Well done article, the only thing I would add is the distinctions between characters. There is Pantalone, Harlequin, Columbina, Datore, Capiotano, Zanni and others that transfer between plays, even as their names change.

  7. Cindy Gunn says:

    Hello–is there access to any video or websites that offer students the commedia character movement for study? Some of my students have to submit a demonstration and I am not trained in this art form.
    Thank you for all you do!

    1. Cindy, Commedia dell’arte websites with useful educational information tend to be those belonging to specialist troupes and are few and far between. Try Google for this. Otherwise this post has a bunch of useful short videos on Commedia in practice, including movement. If you are willing to spend a bit of money, then try Art Films and their Commedia DVDs. Alternatively, try Commedia movement videos on YouTube.