Definitions for afterpieceˈæf tərˌpis, ˈɑf-
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af•ter•pieceˈæf tərˌpis, ˈɑf-(n.)
a short comic piece performed after a featured play.
Origin of afterpiece:
a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a play
a piece performed after a play, usually a farce or other small entertainment
the heel of a rudder
An afterpiece is a short, usually humorous one-act playlet or musical work following the main attraction, the full-length play, and concluding the theatrical evening. This short comedy, farce, opera 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. An example is The Padlock by Charles Dibdin, first performed in London in 1768.
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