Commedia Bibliography Commedia dell'Arte Bibliography by Subject (Click here for Bibliography by Author)
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(In general, the books are listed in order of preference and availability).

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1. General History of Commedia dell'Arte

2. Descriptions of the Stock Characters and improvisations
Detailed
Concise
3. Playing Commedia

4. Playing Masks and Physical Comedy

5. Scenarios
Detailed
Concise
Related Scripts
6. Good pictures of Characters, Costumes, Scenery, and Masks

7. Commedia's influence on: Shakespeare's Comedies
Moliere
Punch and Judy
Theatre/dance/opera/film of 19th and 20th c.
8. Making Masks