stage direction


Definition of stage direction 

: a description (as of a character or setting) or direction (as to indicate stage business) provided in the text of a play

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Small said a favorite course was introduction to theater, exposing him to texts, playwrights and stage directions. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "‘Could I make it in college?’: His journey to a bachelor’s degree started behind bars," 24 May 2018 The slumbering bodies are arranged in tableau fashion, as the stage directions prescribe. Charles Mcnulty,, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018 The changes involve more than stage direction: The operas were trimmed and Daniel Schlosberg, the company’s co-music director, created ingenious seven-player arrangements of their orchestral scores, including some artful transitions. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Classic Operas, New Vital Signs," 7 May 2018 The lack of a set will be offset by characters in costume and stage direction that allows them to interact with each other. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "Full-throated if not quite fully staged, it’s ‘Tosca’ | The Sacramento Bee," 4 May 2018 And Sophie Daneman’s stage direction worked nimbly within its physical constraints, using the aisles and balcony approaches to give the evening some physical variety. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterverdi’s ‘Orfeo’ gets some new music in Berkeley," 21 Apr. 2018 Will Kerley’s stage direction in Philadelphia amplifies this impression of reticence concealing glinting, surging colors. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: ‘Written on Skin,’ an Opera of Love, Betrayal and a Little Cannibalism," 11 Feb. 2018 The malleability of his stage directions reflects the flexibility of the surroundings. Jeremy D. Goodwin,, "At BU’s new Booth Theatre, room to move and to imagine," 17 Apr. 2018 The play’s title refers to a theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from backstage. Julia M. Klein,, "'Noises Off' at the Walnut Street Theatre gets farce exactly (disastrously!) right," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stage direction

1790, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stage direction

: a written instruction in a play telling an actor what to do

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