backstage

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General English

Theater

  • In theaters with proscenium stages, the area behind the prosceniumarch out of view of the audience. This usually includes the wings,dressing rooms, workshops, and storerooms. The term can also referto these areas in non-proscenium theaters.

    A backstage musical or play is one thatdeals with the lives, love affairs, rivalries, etc., of theatricalperformers during a show. Typically, the actors find their real-lifepreoccupations mirrored in their stage roles. Famous examples includethe Cole Porter musical Kiss Me Kate (1948) and Michael Frayn's Noises Off (1982).

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