Definition of staginess in US English:

staginess

noun

  • See stagy

    • ‘A courtroom drama at heart, Taking Sides manages to overcome its theatrical staginess to provide some beautiful music and images.’
    • ‘Most of Chaplin's features have a staginess that seems at least half-deliberate.’
    • ‘The sheer staginess of the event overshadows the intended menace.’
    • ‘While this production occasionally succumbs to staginess, often it plays to the text's strengths by using slight movements offset by moments of deliberate exaggeration.’
    • ‘Virtually the entire film is shot on sets; the film-makers revel in a staginess that's nonetheless cinematic.’