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Entremeses and Other Forms of Teatro Breve

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Teatro breve refers to brief theatrical pieces, performed in and around the acts of a main play, usually a comedia. Since the publication of Eugenio Asensio's Itinerario del entremés in 1965, countless studies have indicated the teatro breve as varied, potentially complex, and not merely a primitive form of comic relief. The implication that teatro breve is inferior to the comedia may come from its function as a supplement to the longer genre, whether the shorter piece be a sketch, a song, a dance, a monologue, or type of parade. An entremés is a comic interlude most often performed between the acts of a comedia. As a theatrical phenomenon, interludes in general have a very long history, dating at least to Greek New Comedy. Though not theatrical per se, even the talk of Aristophanes' hiccups in Plato's Symposium can be considered an interlude, and a comical one at that.

Keywords: Aristophanes' hiccups; entremés; Eugenio Asensio; Greek New Comedy; Plato's Symposium; teatro breve



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