AskDefine | Define afterpiece

Dictionary Definition

afterpiece n : a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a play

Extensive Definition

An afterpiece is a short, usually humorous one-act playlet following the main attraction, the full-length play, and concluding the theatrical evening. This short comedy, farce, or pantomime was a popular theatrical form in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was presented to lighten the five-act tragedy that was commonly performed.

Notes

afterpiece in Spanish: Afterpiece
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