What is a farcical play?

farce, a comic dramatic piece that uses highly improbable situations, stereotyped characters, extravagant exaggeration, and violent horseplay.

Where did farce comedy originated?

The word derives from a French word meaning “to stuff” and was used to describe comic bits inserted (“stuffed”) in between scenes in religious plays. Farce gradually emerged as its own theatre form in France in the 15 th century and in England in the 16 th century.

Are farce and slapstick the same?

In one online dictionary, farce is defined as, “a light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect.” Slapstick is defined as, “a boisterous form of comedy marked by chases, collisions, and crude practical jokes.”

How do you use farcical in a sentence?

Examples of ‘farcical’ in a sentence farcical

  1. Egyptian human rights defenders and activists have been jailed after farcical trials.
  2. The idea that they are a drain on resources is farcical.
  3. This is as sensational as the first goal was farcical!
  4. They could not explain how they came to these figures which is farcical.

Who are the most famous playwrights of farce?

Menander was the most famous New Comedy playwright and, a few centuries after his death, the Roman playwright Plautus began adapting Menander’s plays. Plautus (254-184 BCE) became the first great master of farcical comedy, partially because he mastered the convention of mistaken identity.

Is farce a satire?

A farce is a broad satire or comedy, though now it’s used to describe something that is supposed to be serious but has turned ridiculous. If a defendant is not treated fairly, his lawyer might say that the trial is a farce.

What is the opposite of farcical?

Opposite of relating to or resembling farce, especially because of absurd or ridiculous aspects. grave. real. reasonable. sad.