Definition of stage-manage in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Be responsible for the lighting and other technical arrangements for (a stage play).

    • ‘Well, I stage-managed at least 150 performances of that play through the course of ten years, even played some of the smaller roles in it.’
    • ‘He stage-managed and was in two sketches in The Dublin Theatre Festival Unclouded Day and Over the Rainbow.’
    • ‘I played Jim in The Glass Menagerie and then went on to stage-manage a production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder.’
    • ‘He was heavily involved with the amateur dramatics society, The Somerford Stagers, where he acted in and stage-managed various productions.’
    1. 1.1 Arrange and control (something) carefully in order to create a certain effect.
      ‘he stage-managed his image with astounding success’
      • ‘Everything is stage-managed to the point where it is impossible to separate the real from the performed anymore.’
      • ‘Unwrapping them the next morning and gleefully comparing their contents is a joy no stage-managed event can ever provide.’
      • ‘Along the route ending in Parliament Square, five giant video screens were erected relaying selected images from the carefully stage-managed affair.’
      • ‘Even political rallies these days are elaborately stage-managed and the audiences carefully selected.’
      • ‘Although it may seem as if most of her time is spent stage-managing her husband, it's clear that Wood gets a lot out of the travelling.’
      • ‘If they knew they were going to run out of money, they should have made the request earlier, not wait until one day before it expired and stage-manage a protest.’
      • ‘He said the group engaged in carefully stage-managed non-violent action.’
      • ‘Her rescue, it transpires, was carefully stage-managed for maximum dramatic effect.’
      • ‘She stage-manages a scandal better than anyone and the latest is one of her finest.’
      • ‘It sought to appeal mainly to the emotions by the use of ritual, carefully stage-managed ceremonies, and intensely charged rhetoric.’
      • ‘But no matter how stage-managed the campaign is, someone will always slip up.’
      • ‘Most of his comments brought gasps from the floor, gasps that seemed by the end increasingly stage-managed.’
      • ‘Our conferences have become more stage-managed and predictable.’
      • ‘Party conferences have become stage-managed affairs.’
      • ‘He stage-managed his appearances and meticulously edited his past.’
      • ‘Carefully stage-managed campaigns often avoid appealing to the emotions of voters; their appeal is more to the intellect.’
      • ‘They are absolutely right that conferences are extremely stage-managed, no part of them more so than the leader's speech.’
      • ‘He would direct and stage-manage the production of the event.’
      • ‘The account of these in the catalogue recalls the carefully stage-managed picnics and country expeditions of Queen Victoria, one of Landseer's most important patrons.’
      • ‘She says her ever-mutating public image was stage-managed by the men in her life, who sought to mold her in their own image.’
      organize, arrange, make arrangements for, coordinate, lay on, put together, fix up, get together
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