Street en­ter­tainer

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Act­ing the fool

Th­ese masked ac­tors would travel around Italy (and, in later cen­turies, all over Europe) per­form­ing in mar­ket places, coun­try fairs and city car­ni­vals. A form of street the­atre, ev­ery com­me­dia troupe traded in the same stock char­ac­ters, like Zanni the comedic ser­vant (pic­tured) and Il Dot­tore, an old bore. The ac­tors would then im­pro­vise com­edy around loose sto­ries.

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