the·ater·go·er | \ˈthē-ə-tər-ˌgō-ər \

Definition of theatergoer 

: a person who frequently goes to the theater

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theatergoing \ˈthē-ə-tər-ˌgō-iŋ, -gȯ(-)iŋ \ noun or adjective

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The show begins with players and theatergoers alike assembled in the same open space. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Reliving Those Arabian Nights in ‘Pay No Attention to the Girl’," 2 Apr. 2018 Those efforts come at a time when Broadway as a whole is taking a closer look at accommodating theatergoers with a wide range of disabilities. Charles Passy, WSJ, "‘Children of a Lesser God’ Pulls Out All Stops For Deaf Theatergoers," 5 Apr. 2018 But the play’s paradoxical power to elicit the feelings of being both sucker punched and tickled remains undiminished, perhaps especially for American theatergoers. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 What emerges from the book is that Fraver has been a devoted theatergoer and theater-lover his whole life, and is especially to Stephen Sondheim’s work. Toby Zinman,, "Fraver's 'Five Decades' displays the great posters of a lifetime theater-lover," 28 June 2018 Ferrante also sees a spillover effect, as nearby restaurants and hotels experience an influx of theatergoers. Jon Chesto,, "House leaders propose tax incentives for Broadway-bound shows," 13 July 2018 Here’s a refresher course for ballet theatergoers (summaries by colleague Matthew J. Palm, the Orlando Sentinel’s arts writer). Anne Dunlap,, "Bolshoi Ballet on the big screen," 27 June 2018 The new pitched seating in the theater is one of the most significant changes — an upgrade that should help theatergoers during shows, Terson said. Phil Rockrohr,, "Buffalo Grove Park District unveils $3.3 million renovation of Community Arts Center," 25 June 2018 In addition, GalaPro plans on charging theatergoers to use the translation feature. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In Hopes of Attracting Foreign Audiences, Broadway Tries a Translation App," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of theatergoer

1870, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of theatergoer

: a person who often goes to the theater to see plays

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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