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. From the Library of Congress

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[edit]

Britain[edit]

China[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

India[edit]

Theatre[edit]

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[edit]

Television[edit]

Italy[edit]

Japan[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Following stage shows of Umer Shareef are extremely popular.

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

Television[edit]

Poland[edit]

Russia[edit]

Spain[edit]

United States[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Animated[edit]

Theatre[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Zhang Tianyi, “The Bulwark.” Tr. Nathan Mao. In Joseph S.M. Lau, Leo Ou-fan Lee, and C.T. Hsia, eds., Modern Chinese Stories and Novellas, 1918-1948. NY: Columbia UP.
  4. ^ "Zhang Tianyi's Swindling for National Salvation". 
  5. ^ http://www.theatresprives.com/francais/auteurs/biocamoletti.html
  6. ^ "Weekend im Paradies von Franz Arnold und Ernst Bach - Felix Bloch Erben GmbH & Co. KG - Theater-Verlag Desch GmbH". 
  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. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  9. ^ August Grodzicki, "Bardzo polska tragikomedia." Życie Warszawy nr 5; 07-01-1976

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