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Comedy plays


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    • Comedy plays
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    • Comedic drama
    • Comedic plays
    • Comedies (Drama)
    • Comedy drama
    • Comic drama
    • Comic plays
    • Humorous drama
    • Humorous plays
    • Satirical drama
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    • Satirical drama
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    • found: The American heritage dictionary of the English language, c2011(comedy: a dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict)
    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dict. of literary terms, 2008(comedy. A play (or other literary composition) written chiefly to amuse its audience by appealing to a sense of superiority over the characters depicted. A comedy will normally be closer to the representation of everyday life than a tragedy, and will explore common human failings rather than tragedy's disastrous crimes. Its ending will usually be happy for the leading characters. As a dramatic form, comedy in Europe dates back to the Greek playwright Aristophanes in the 5th century BCE. There are several kinds of comedy, including sentimental comedy, romantic comedy, satire, sophisticated verbal wit of the comedy of manners, and the more topical 'comedy of ideas' in the plays of Bernard Shaw. Among its less sophisticated forms are burlesque, pantomime, and farce. The adjective comedic means 'characteristic of comedy' and is sometimes preferred as more neutral than 'comic' or 'comical' in that it avoids suggesting that the referent is funny)
    • found: Wilson, E. The theater experience, c2004, via McGraw-Hill Higher Education online learning center, Nov. 14, 2012:glossary (Comedy: Category of drama that is generally light in tone; it is concerned with issues that are not serious, has a happy ending, and is designed to amuse and provoke laughter. (See also Old Comedy, New Comedy, Comedy of humours, Comedy of manners, Farce, Satire, Slapstick.))
    • found: Comic drama in the Low Countries, c.1450-1560 : a critical anthology, 2012.
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