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Funny Business

An introduction to comedy with royalty-free plays and sketches
By: Marsh Cassady

Age Level: All Ages

For big laughs, comedy relies on exaggeration, incongruity, automatism, character inconsistency, surprise, and derision. Now a theatre book that defines and demonstrates each of these devices with twenty-two short sketches and one-act plays. This unique overview of high and low comedy defines all comedy genres: absurdism, tragicomedy, farce, and melodrama. Following each sketch or play are notes reviewing what must be considered for acting the roles and preparing the total production. The drama book explains why references to events, places, and people, both past and present, are so important to each play or sketch. The reader will find many insights along the way about how to write and perform each comedy style successfully.

(336 pages, 5½ x 8½, paperback)

This title is now carried by Pioneer Drama Service.  Click here to order on Pioneer's web site.

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