Comedia in Spain's Golden Age

Imagining a performance at the public theater

All classic Spanish plays are called comedias -- tragedies and comedies.

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1. Name audience members who yelled out loud during performances. (conquistadors or mosqueteros?)

2. How did actors in comedias deliver their lines? (In a stylized, rhythmic pattern or in a regular speaking voice?)

3. What kind of dance did many comedias include? (bolero or bayle?)

4. How did many comedias conclude? (With a serious monologue or a lively song and dance called fin de fiesta?)

5. What did most actors in comedias wear? (historical costumes or contemporary Spanish clothing?)

6. Who primarily bought the costumes for comedia performances? (the actors themselves or the managers of the acting companies?)

7. Name three instruments often played during performances of comedias.

8. Name the short sketches that included songs that were performed between the acts. (loas or entremeses?)

9. When did comedias begin to include "tramoyas" -- more elaborate scenic devices? (before 1630 or after 1630?)

10. In what kind of light were comedias usually performed? (artificial light or daylight?)

Spanish Music of the Golden Age (Suite I)

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