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Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short opening piece acted before the principal play of the evening.

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Examples

  • This acted as a curtain-raiser for the important restatement of the ideals themselves:

    2009 January 30 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • South Downs was commissioned by the Terence Rattigan Trust to serve as a curtain-raiser to a new production of The Browning Version marking the centenary of the playwright's birth.

    David Hare: 'It's absurd, but I feel insecure'

  • The popular perception has been that democracy and fascism fought it out in Spain in a curtain-raiser for the approaching world war.

    Taking A Separate Path

  • But before all that, there's the small matter of this new year's curtain-raiser taking place on Bournemouth's fine Victorian pier.

    New Year's Eve clubs

  • Martin SkeggAn engaging curtain-raiser for next month's World Cup, which begins on 9 September.

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  • Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane have a good curtain-raiser explaining that for all the Republicans' pomp and excitement, "few of the items on their agenda are likely to end up in law as conceived."

    The Morning Plum

  • Moments before, a hush had descended on the normally bustling London landmark as he began reading from his family memoir: A Life Like Other People's at Friday night's curtain-raiser for World Book Night - where a line-up of literary heavywights including Margaret Atwood, John Le CarrĂ© and Philip Pullman read from their own works and those of other writers.

    Book lovers flock to hear Trafalgar Square readings

  • Most Pixar films, even the emotionally-devastating Toy Story 3, went out with G ratings, but Bolt went out with a PG for basically having a (fantastic) curtain-raiser opening action sequence that was quickly revealed to be fake and for a climactic moment of fiery peril for the lead characters.

    Scott Mendelson: What Does a Cartoon Have to Do to Get a 'G' These Days?

  • As a curtain-raiser, she is interviewed (and sings for) Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes (7/6c).

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  • Tonight's show is a free warm up for next Saturday's real deal showdown at Motion, which features Freak'n'Chic's head honcho Dan Ghenacia, rising star Guti and the mighty Tensnake, but this curtain-raiser is looking pretty special too.

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  • A light or humorous one-act dramatic presentation that preceded the full-length drama that was the primary part of a theater program. Common in the 19th century but now obsolete.

    One wonders if the news-reels and/or cartoons that used to precede films in a cinema was an outgrowth of this custom.

    September 22, 2009