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a short dramatic performed a featured play.
Historical Examples

There was an afterpiece to the play; what had very nearly been a tragedy developing into something resembling a farce.
The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram

She did not act in the afterpiece, and Godolphin escorted her home to the inn.
Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

As for my young hostess, I knew she looked more gratified with my song than with the afterpiece, and that I felt to be something.
Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper

The afterpiece was adapted from the Sultan of Marmontel, which we have also on our English stage.
Peregrine in France William Bromet

Thus all things being arranged, the audience takes its seat again, and the afterpiece begins.
The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh: The Irish Sketch Book William Makepeace Thackeray

The performances were “The Wheel of Fortune,” and an afterpiece.
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions Charles Mackay

She hoped the afterpiece would be of the same general character, that they might all enjoy it as much as they had the play itself.
Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper

The operetta has only three acts, and is followed by no farce or afterpiece.
Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton

It was a matter of almost as much consequence to know what afterpiece was on the bill as what comedy.
William E. Burton: Actor, Author, and Manager William L. Keese

Dismissed from the Stranger, however, the stage-book probably reappears in the afterpiece.
A Book of the Play Dutton Cook

a brief usually comic dramatic piece presented after a play


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