1 (Teat) (obra cómica) comedy
alta comedia high comedy; La divina comedia The Divine Comedy
comedia de costumbres comedy of manners
comedia de enredo comedy of intrigue
Comedia del Arte commedia dell'arte
comedia musical musical
comedia negra black comedy
2 (Teat) (obra dramática) play
una comedia en un acto a one-act play
comedia de capa y espada cloak-and-dagger play
comedia de situación situation comedy; sitcom (familiar)
4 (fingimiento) play-acting
¡déjate ya de tanta comedia! stop your play-acting!; hacer comedia to play-act; ¡deja de hacer comedia y di la verdad! stop play-acting o pretending and tell the truth!
The Spanish comedias written by dramatists of the Golden Age, or Edad de Oro, were five-act plays performed in open-air theatres. They involved stock characters similar to those of the Italian Commedia dell'Arte: a beautiful lady, her suitor, servants and go-betweens. In these comedias, which were not always comical in nature, action and a moral theme took precedence over character. Cloak and dagger episodes were built around plots involving disguises and mistaken identity. They dealt primarily with affairs of the nobility, while peasants were there to provide comic relief or to enhance particular pastoral themes. One of the most prolific comedia writers was Lope de Vega, who wrote on religious, historical and social themes. Other major comedia writers were Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Tirso de Molina, from whose pen came the figure of the archetypal seducer, Don Juan, in El Burlador de Sevilla y Convidado de Piedra (1630).