Vecchio (plural vecchi, meaning "old one" or simply "old" in Italian), is a category of aged, male characters from the Italian commedia dell'arte. The primary members of this group are Pantalone, Il Dottore and Il Capitano. Pantalone and Il Dottore are the alter ego of each other, Pantalone being the decadent wealthy merchant, and Il Dottore being the decadent erudite.
"Vecchio" is the Italian word for "old" (as used in Ponte Vecchio, meaning "old bridge").
- Robert Henke Performance and literature in the commedia dell'arte, Improvvisation and characters, Individual roles, pp.19-24
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