stage direction


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

Examples of stage direction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes Michael Mayer’s stage direction is too crisp and emphatic for its own good. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 20 June 2024 The funniest bit about the script is the stage directions for the audience. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 29 Feb. 2024 Each element, its rollout determined by the I Ching, unfolded independently from all others: Singers performed arias unrelated to the instrumental accompaniment, which was unrelated to the scenic and lighting design, as well as stage directions. Joshua Barone, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2024 But the new chamber opera’s libretto and some of the stage direction were disappointing. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2023 William Goldman, one of the greatest modern screenwriters, wrote charming, cajoling stage directions, addressing the reader directly, if passingly, with light touches of confederacy. Wyatt Mason, Harper's Magazine, 6 Jan. 2023 The stage direction, too, lacked intent and purpose, with many scenes having the two characters wander aimlessly around a cocktail cart, raising their hands and looking at each other in wordless exasperation. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2023 Slade’s could easily have been described in Wilson’s stage directions as a location for some postshow unwinding. Imani Perry, The Atlantic, 15 Aug. 2023 The quest for the extraordinary in a seemingly ordinary life continues in this make-believe world, interrupted from time to time by the Leading Player giving stage directions. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stage direction was in 1790

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“Stage direction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

stage direction

: a playwright's instruction to a director and actors
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