Parabasis

In Greek comedy, the parabasis (plural parabases; παράβασις, plural: παραβάσεις) is a point in the play when all of the actors leave the stage and the chorus is left to address the audience directly. The chorus partially or completely abandons its dramatic role to talk to the audience on a topic completely irrelevant to the subj...
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parabasis

an important choral ode in Greek Old Comedy delivered by the chorus at an intermission in the action while facing and moving toward the audience. It ... [2 related articles]
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Parabasis

in ancient Greek, 'going aside or coming forward'; in Old Comedy, a parabasis is a scene in which all of the actors are of stage and the chorus directly addresses the audience; the chorus, although partly in character, speaks for the poet.
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parabasis

speech where the chorus advances and addresses audience
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