Definition of offstage in English:


adverb & adjective

  • (in a theatre) not on the stage and so not visible to the audience.

    as adverb ‘screams were heard offstage’
    as adjective figurative ‘the offstage lives of celebrities’
    • ‘And what about the glimpses we're provided of the actors' offstage lives?’
    • ‘I only wish he would not throw away the line about whose yacht is anchored just offstage.’
    • ‘But this is a play where you feel the really big issue is the one that is happening offstage.’
    • ‘They are a beautiful couple on stage as well as offstage.’
    • ‘Gracious and soft-spoken in interviews, Cave's offstage persona is the opposite of his electrifying stage self.’
    • ‘There is also something sterile about a show that is all men and not even an offstage woman.’
    • ‘And worse, he resolves his crisis mostly offstage during the opening scenes of the second act.’
    • ‘Even when she was not present on the stage, the chilling scream, which came from offstage, reminded the audience of her.’
    • ‘Stars of the musical theatre (of which I am one) channel their offstage misery into on stage triumph.’
    • ‘For the dream sequences, the four hang from bars offstage and balance pillows under their spotlit heads so they seem to be horizontal.’
    • ‘Her offstage screech sends shivers down the spine long before she actually appears, and when she appears she devastates.’
    • ‘He says their offstage relationship bears an uncanny similarity to their roles in the play.’
    • ‘In other words, if you could overcome it onstage, couldn't you overcome it offstage?’
    • ‘There is little offstage divide, as the actors are mostly in view and chat with the audience during the interval, and before and after the show.’
    • ‘It is also the third current play in which an offstage dog is loudly audible.’
    • ‘Verna keeps busy offstage as a film producer, her credits including the 2003 hit Saved By The Belles.’
    • ‘He stood silently in the middle of the stage, unable to speak or even to walk offstage.’
    • ‘These two characters have, one feels, an offstage life during which they rely on each other's support for the next vicissitude that is to befall them.’
    • ‘You can talk to someone on set from offstage or cue an actor who forgot his lines.’
    • ‘Stella goes offstage onto the porch as Blanche comes onstage out of the bathroom, and sees Stanley alone.’
    confidential, strictly confidential, secret, top secret, classified, unofficial, off the record, not for publication, not to be made public, not to be disclosed, closet
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