Il Dottore



  • A stock character of the commedia dell'arte, usuallyplayed as a verbose physician or lawyer with the name of Graziano.Generally dressed in a black costume with a white ruff, the characteroften functioned as a counterpart to Pantaloon. Graziano'sson, Arlecchino, and Pantaloon's daughter, Colombina, becamethe lovers Harlequin and Columbine in the English harlequinade.Graziano himself never reached the English stage, although the characterwas further developed in the French theater by Molière.