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stage direction

noun
1.
an instruction written into the script of a play, indicating stage actions, movements of performers, or production requirements.
2.
the art or technique of a stage director.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90
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Examples from the web for stage directions
  • The stage directions are of importance, as illustrating the way in which these early dramas were produced.
  • Instead, he depends on a few stage directions as to their movements, and on the rightness of his chosen words in the dialogue.
  • In one of her stage directions, she has her characters relaxing out on the gallery, enjoying the odor of the azaleas.
  • So those who use stage directions in email perhaps see their correspondence as worthy of dramatic reproduction.
  • stage directions are given and vocabulary notes included for each play.
  • stage directions offer another invaluable and neglected source of information about theatrical properties.
  • Others include written stage directions or instructions for scenery, costuming, and incidental music.
  • Detailed stage directions are included to help the reader imagine the characters, their personalities, and their actions.
  • Detailed stage directions are included to help the reader better imagine the characters, their personalities, and their actions.
  • Identify author's use of dialogue and stage directions.
British Dictionary definitions for stage directions

stage direction

noun (theatre)
1.
an instruction to an actor or director, written into the script of a play
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stage directions in Culture

stage direction definition


Part of the script of a play that tells the actors how they are to move or to speak their lines. Enter, exit, and exeunt are stage directions.

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