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- n. The state or quality of being stagy.
- n. The result or product of being stagy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Stagy or exaggerated character or style; conventional theatricality. Also stageyness.
- n. A certain stage or state of an animal; by implication, that-stage when the animal is out of condition, as when a fur-bearing animal is shedding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an artificial and mannered quality
We do not object to a certain amount of what we call "staginess" on the stage -- it is a part of its art; as the pigment is part of that of the painter.
That kind of staginess isn't found elsewhere in this production.
There's no staginess before and no hugging each other after.
(The “Raid on Entebbe” conversation was amusing and felt real … until they shouted out for a public vote on whether it was a common reference: that staginess felt a bit Friends to me.)
Despite the obvious dangers of staginess this feels solidly cinematic throughout, with writer-director J Blakeson making the most of limited resources and reaping the benefits of fat-free filming.
Drudging through the goofy storyline in order to get to the action was a grueling experience, and though the stunts themselves were absolutely stunning, the badassery was lessened a tad by the distracting staginess of each successive feat.
On an iffier note, Jorgensen over-exaggerates the eccentric mannerisms of Moody, who's seen curling up childishly on his office couch in a fit of nerves one minute and working the phone feverishly the next: A slight staginess clings to this neurotic figure.
The protest that gave Protestantism its name was against display, against the staginess of the Catholic Church, and its aversion to theatrics applies equally to money: better to appear less wealthy than you are and keep putting in the hours.
For all the hamminess, it has a kind of mad, melodramatic, mesmeric power, a thrilling sort of staginess – and of course, back in 1942, it was far from clear his threat would not be carried out.
For nostalgia's sake, it is interesting to look at Bosley Crowther's New York Times review, a generally positive take that still must acknowledge "two of the memorable weaknesses of Mr Hellinger's works," one of which is the "largely superficial" drama, "being no more than a conventional 'slice of life' - a routine and unrevealing episode in the everyday business of the cops," and a "staginess which, flagrant in several instances, rends the 'actuality' disguise."
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