from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who attends the theater.

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  • n. One who goes to plays; someone known to be a member of the audience at theatric productions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who frequents playhouses, or attends dramatic performances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who habitually attends theatrical performances.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who attends the theater


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  • To the playgoer, though, it was his Shakespeare which won him most respect, notably with the Old Vic 1959-61, including a tour of the Soviet Union.

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  • Part of what makes them so interesting is Mr. Gibbs's point of view, which was that of an unintellectual but highly intelligent playgoer who knew what he liked and was amply endowed with horse sense.

    He Knew What He Liked—Not Much

  • The staging is complex and its intricacy continuously forces the audience to stay out of any sort of usual playgoer comfort zone.

    Bill Swadley: Theater Review: How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

  • So, in a sense, a playgoer signs up with Albee for a long-term relationship, not a one-night stand.

    Edward Albee Festival starts at Arena Stage

  • Pearl was a regular playgoer, always the only foreigner in the crowd squatting in temple courtyards or on hillside threshing floors, and she was also by now an enthusiastic reader of the novels she had first gotten to know through the family cook.


  • Joseph Holloway 1861-1944, the tireless Dublin playgoer, noted in his journal that Yeats had made ‘a fool of himself in “going” for an article that appeared in this morning’s Independent.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • Adding insult to injury, the playgoer paid a lot of money for this disappointment.

    Journey’s End (The Boomer Blog)

  • The setting of "Billy Elliot" is the British miners 'strike of 1984-85, about which the average American playgoer knows absolutely nothing.

    Karl Marx in a Tutu

  • Elsewhere, however, the prize makes a much more modest splash, since New York is the only city to which the average playgoer ever travels solely to see a play.

    How to Win a Tony Award

  • New York Two-character musicals are hard to pull off, though I suspect it's mainly because of the expectations of the average playgoer.

    Get Thee to New Jersey


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