shadow play


Definition of shadow play

: a drama exhibited by throwing shadows of puppets or actors on a screen

called also shadow show

Examples of shadow play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That movie, or some imaginary version of it, is still unfurling as a shadow play in the megaplex of my mind. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Oct. 2021 Was that whole parade of new-city fantasies just a shadow play, distracting us from the inexorable forces of mediocrity? Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 The South African polymath — whose skills include drawing, painting, filmmaking, theater, opera, shadow play, and puppetry — is surely accustomed to grander scale. Globe Staff,, 19 Nov. 2020 The shadow play of the concrete sunscreen of 3525 Turtle Creek. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 15 May 2020 Through shadow play in the solo shots of the members, the video offers a visual representation of the track’s ruminative narrative and the Jungian shadow concept, which is a recurring metaphor on the album. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, 4 Mar. 2020 The khachkar would have shimmered as light and shadow played on its lace-like surface, making the deep-carved stone appear as opulent as the woodwork and stucco of great palaces. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, 17 Jan. 2019 The visual material is culled from comic strips, street demonstrations, Cuban movie posters and filmed be-ins; the technique encompasses collages, stick figure animations, shadow plays and kaleidoscopic special effects. New York Times, 24 May 2018 Particularly lovely is the shadow play (by lighting designer Jacob Snodgrass) which turns her solo into a beautiful trio. Lauren Warnecke,, 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of shadow play

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2021

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“Shadow play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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