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Entremés, is a short, comic theatrical performance of one act, usually played during the interlude of a performance of a long dramatic work, in the 16th and 17th centuries in Spain. Later it became the sainete.[1][2][3][4]

When the genre begun it was written both in prose and verse (poetry), but after Luis Quiñones de Benavente (1600-1650) defined the genre, all works were written in verse. The usual characters of the entremés were the common people; the plot usually satirized the customs and the occupations of the characters, subjects that couldn't be treated in the dramatic works during which the entremés works were played.

Sometimes the playings included songs that were the origin of another genre, the tonadilla.

Some of the most important authors of this genre are: Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco de Quevedo, Luis Quiñones de Benavente, Luis Vélez de Guevara, Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo, Alonso de Castillo Solórzano, Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza, Francisco Bernardo de Quirós, Jerónimo de Cáncer y Velasco, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Vicente Suárez de Deza y Ávila, Sebastián Rodríguez de Villaviciosa, Agustín Moreto and Francisco Bances Candamo.

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  1. ^ The Outrageous Juan Rana Entremeses: A Bilingual and Annotated ... 0802093639 Peter E. Thompson - 2009 - For many of these companies, actors, and playwrights the entremés was their professional mainstay. Notwithstanding these facts, the significant role that the entremés played during the most important period of theatre in Spain has been much ...
  2. ^ A Companion to Golden Age Theatre - Page 156 1855661403 Jonathan Thacker - 2007 For Torres Naharro, the entremes was a musical entertainment, and throughout most of the sixteenth century it was one of the words which could refer to any short play. Lope de Rueda used the term pasos to describe his short farcical scenes ...
  3. ^ The Triumphant Juan Rana: A Gay Actor of the Spanish Golden Age 0802089690 Peter E. Thompson - 2006 In the Spanish Golden Age, the entremés was presented between the acts of the main production and, as such, was an integral part of the seventeenth-century theatrical experience. This historical fact and, hence, the significant role that the ...
  4. ^ Dictionary of the Literature of the Iberian Peninsula 0313287325 Germán Bleiberg, Maureen Ihrie, Janet Pérez - 1993 Benavente's role in the development of the entremes was comparable to that of Lope de 'Vega in drama. Besides writing more entremeses than any of his contemporaries (150 are attributed to him), Quinones de Benavente was the major .