Farce

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Petrov-Vodkin's painting of a theatre audience enjoying a farce
Poster for a production of Boucicault's farce Contempt of Court, c. 1879

In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable.[1] Farce is also characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized performances. Farces have been written for the stage and film. Furthermore, a farce is also often set in one particular location, where all events occur.

Classical antiquity

Britain

China

France

Germany

India

Theatre

Farces are particularly popular in Marathi and Gujarati language theatre. A few such examples:

  • Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala (1958)
  • Dinuchya Sasubai Radhabai (1960)
  • Pala Pala Kon Pudhe Pale To
  • Gholaat Ghol

Film

Television

Italy

Japan

  • Japan has a centuries-old tradition of farce plays called Kyōgen. These plays are performed as comic relief during the long, serious Noh plays.

Pakistan

Theatre

Following stage shows of Umer Shareef are extremely popular:

  • Bakra Qistoon Pay
  • Buddha Ghar Pe Hai
  • Yes Sir Eid, No Sir Eid

Television

Poland

Russia

Spain

United States

Film

Television

Theatre

References

  1. ^ "farce - Free On-Line English Dictionary - Thesaurus - Children's, Intermediate Dictionary - Wordsmyth". 
  2. ^ Christopher Rea, "The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China" (University of California Press, 2015), ch. 5: "Farce"
  3. ^ Tianyi, Zhang (1918–1948). The Bulwark. New York: Columbia UP. 
  4. ^ "Zhang Tianyi's Swindling for National Salvation". 
  5. ^ "Bio Camoletti". [dead link]
  6. ^ "Weekend im Paradies von Franz Arnold und Ernst Bach". Felix Bloch Erben GmbH & Co. KG - Theater-Verlag Desch. 
  7. ^ European Authors 1000–1900. The H. W. Wilson Company, Bronx, 2000. ISBN 0-8242-0013-6.
  8. ^ Teresa Murjas (2007). "Zapolska, Gabriela: The Morality of Mrs. Dulska". The University of Chicago Press Books. Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  9. ^ August Grodzicki, "Bardzo polska tragikomedia." Życie Warszawy nr 5; 07-01-1976

External links

  • IMDb list of film and television farces
  • Farce films at Allmovie
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