Definition of stagy in English:


(also stagey)

adjectivestagier, stagiest

  • Excessively theatrical; exaggerated.

    ‘a stagy melodramatic voice’
    • ‘These songs prove him capable of focusing more on visceral appeal and less on stagy esotericism while maintaining his intellectual ambition, and one hopes this album is a steppingstone toward cementing this vision.’
    • ‘The Ada is tucked away from the coast up a hill, though it also maintains its own separate seafront complete with a pier, bar and some stagey awnings.’
    • ‘The dialogue, however, is quite stagey and unconvincing.’
    • ‘Webster begins on such a stagy note that he loses the chance to move the audience, making it one of the less-compelling chunks of this mostly amusing evening of seldom-performed Chekhov.’
    • ‘The enforced gloom, a stagey attempt to copy the drama of Caravaggio's chiaroscuro, lessens the impact of the pictures themselves when seen in clear light.’
    • ‘For all their charms, Mamet's early films had a stagy, mannered quality that kept the viewer at arm's length.’
    • ‘The muffled sound, his stagey singing voice, and the documentated scenes in a car as he presses buttons on his boom box and makes a mixed tape are presented with dead seriousness.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, the stagey lighting, shoddy sets, breaks between shots, all create a hyper reality.’
    • ‘Floyd, who writes his own texts, may not have handled the subject with any great subtlety, and the opera's broad theatrics can sometimes seem stagy, but its dramatic honesty registers powerfully every time.’
    • ‘The final fifteen minutes in particular, which theoretically contain the showdown between Stray Cat and Hundred Eyes, is a banal barrage of stagy and pretentious imagery.’
    • ‘A worthy attempt was made at historical accuracy; the script and acting were excellent, but some critics disliked the stagey sets and painted backdrops, and today this splendid series is largely forgotten.’
    • ‘So much theatre is painfully stagey and overdone (people falling to their knees and declaiming ‘you've torn out my soul’ and all that sort of thing) that I find most of it laughable.’
    • ‘What could have easily been a stagy endeavour is kept fresh by capable direction and clever coverage by director Andrew Shea.’
    • ‘William Hurt is a willing, low-key accomplice, a good foil for Kosminsky's gracious manner and slightly stagy cheerfulness.’
    • ‘The disused railway station at Crouch End had a stagey eeriness, even on a bright hot day; and the abandoned play park was so dilapidated that you could almost sense the accident-claim lawyers lurking in the trees.’
    • ‘In restaurants, as in theater, patrons pay for a lush, contrived setting replete with stagey scenery and sophisticated lighting techniques.’
    • ‘The programme, largely monologue, consisted of a woolly, stagey ramble through her life and times.’
    • ‘The prize was to be awarded by Betjeman, to the accompaniment of some pretty stagy effects, at Burton Constable.’
    • ‘Although it is stunningly shot, the film has a stagey grandiose feel that begs the viewer to see it as more than it is.’
    • ‘She had to deliver a very stagey monologue, and she missed every opportunity to make it moving.’
    pretentious, high-flown, ostentatious, pompous, grandiose, over-elaborate, overblown, overripe, overworked, overdone
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