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Stage business   /steɪdʒ bˈɪznəs/   Listen
Stage business

Incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect.  Synonyms: business, byplay.

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"Stage business" Quotes from Famous Books

... departing, Gloucester, in Cibber's acting version of the tragedy, was wont wildly to toss his prayer-book in the air. Here is an apposite note from John Taylor's "Records of my Life," relative to Garrick's method of accomplishing this piece of stage business: "My father, who saw him perform King Richard on the first night of his appearance at Goodman's Fields, told me that the audience were particularly struck with his manner of throwing away the book when the lord mayor and aldermen had retired, ...
— A Book of the Play - Studies and Illustrations of Histrionic Story, Life, and Character • Dutton Cook

... to the music; in a word there are certain mannerisms associated with his playing which critics have on occasion mentioned with grave suspicion, as evidences of sensationalism. Half fearing to insult him by asking whether he was "sincere," or whether his motions were "stage business" carefully rehearsed, as had been implied, I still ventured the question. He laughed boyishly and was ...
— Violin Mastery - Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers • Frederick H. Martens

Words linked to "Stage business" :   playacting, schtik, performing, shtik, playing, schtick, acting, shtick

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