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

Examples of stage direction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taibi Magar’s stage direction assembles the performers into configurations that occasionally evoke a modern-day Greek chorus, especially when the women sing in rapturous union. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Black women refusing to be silenced. That’s the sound of this ‘November’," 2 Nov. 2020 What’s the protocol when a stage direction calls for a kiss? Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Once more unto the breach: Shakespeare returns to the Shenandoah Valley," 8 July 2020 Did Damon and Nick’s stage direction describe a lot of the action beats? Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Hunt' Director Decided Not to Push Back Against Critics," 27 Mar. 2020 Ashford worked as a choreographer on several Academy Awards shows and gained notices for his stage direction and choreography for the live television presentation of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan Live! Borys Kit, Billboard, "Glenn Close's 'Sunset Boulevard' Movie Musical Finds Its Director," 1 Mar. 2019 Serviceable stage direction was by Rebecca Choate Beasley. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A brave production of Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ from American Baroque Opera Company," 9 Mar. 2020 With such a text-heavy play, Meadow must make sure that each prop, sound cue and stage direction supports what the characters are saying onstage. Sonia Weiser, New York Times, "How Much Does a Play Change During Previews? Just Ask ‘The Perplexed’," 2 Mar. 2020 Producers shifted the stage direction for the final act so Hunt could sit atop a table placed at center stage — the main loft location in Rent — with his right foot propped up on a chair. Lesley Goldberg, Billboard, "'Rent' Live Will Go On -- With Taped Segments -- After Star's Injury," 27 Jan. 2019 Did your stage direction include all the fun action moments like bouncing the bat on the ground or lighting a biker’s beard on fire? Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Birds of Prey' Writer Christina Hodson Crafted That Hair Tie Moment," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of stage direction

1790, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2020

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“Stage direction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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