stage business


Examples of stage business in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some stage business, including a crucial moment of violence between Juicy and Larry, was sloppily executed. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The opening number sets up this tangle, and is a dizzying beast to stage, whether in a small-town community theater or on Broadway: about fifteen minutes long, a dozen singers, all crossing among one another in a market square’s worth of stage business. Vulture, 10 July 2022 Christina Goerke, as Ortrud, powered through some silly stage business with characteristic feistiness. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 Another part of his success was his ability to negotiate intricate stage business in an opera in which the action can become so complicated that almost nobody can follow it. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2023 Or, some sly stage business involving moving library shelves, which provides humor, artful havoc and, briefly, a visual correlative to instrumentals. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 One is not enough, and though Likes, making his Broadway debut at 20, is appealing in the role and delivers when given the chance, there’s a hole at the center of the story that no amount of stage business can disguise. Jesse Green, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 There are signs that MAC Boys is a new endeavor, in the play’s pacing, projection issues and some of the over-fussy stage business. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'stage business.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stage business was in 1825

Dictionary Entries Near stage business

Cite this Entry

“Stage business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!