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also by-play  (bī′plā′)
Secondary action or speech taking place while the main action proceeds, as during a theatrical performance.
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(Theatre) secondary action or talking carried on apart while the main action proceeds, esp in a play
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or by′-play`,

an action or speech carried on to the side while the main action proceeds, esp. on the stage.
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[ˈbaɪpleɪ] N (Theat) → acción f aparte, escena f muda
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Our piece read: "There will be a great welcome at the Empire for those two great drolls, Laurel and Hardy, in burlesque and by-play made famous in Hollywood films.
(38) All of this by-play serves to encourage an audience to imagine the sexual, desirous female body, especially Evadne's.
The by-play which followed, De Kock covering Rabada's mouth and the bowler himself responding with a shushing finger to his own lips, appeared a good-natured reference to his controversial International Cricket Council ban from next week's second Test after swearing when he dismissed Stokes here in the first innings.
The novel revolves around Hamish attempting to solve the mystery despite efforts by his superior to keep him away from the cases and the limelight, and the usual by-play of Hamish and his subordinate.
Geoffrey Chapman (1985:8-9) provides the following figures to contextualise the situation: 'There are approximately 50 female roles in the surviving plays of Aristophanes, and all but six are involved in some sexual by-play, by word or deed, at one time or another.
Once they are established though, the audience is taken in and a comic by-play follows while the joke is revealed through greater audacity in the portrayal of the characters.
The satisfaction produced by this little by-play was heartily and good-humoredly manifested by the crowd on the left side of the field waving their handkerchiefs, which was promptly returned by their friends opposite, and soon thousands of pieces of white drapery were floating in the air, creating a sight probably never before witnessed on a similar occasion."
A century ago Edmond Holmes, a former HM Chief inspector, characterised the elements of a yearly syllabus as "absurdities" that would be "merely so much by-play in the evolution of a drama which is a grotesque blend of tragedy and farce." I suspect he would think the same of single- and double-year-group syllabuses.
When we view Peduzzi as the "vecchio" of Italian comedy, this by-play over the lack of lead for the fishing line becomes another farcical event in the day filled with mishaps.
There was, after all, no mistaking the obvious by-play between player and crowd at a Test Match, much less the unambiguous critical attention exercised by the audience in such events as the riot at the Queen's Park Oval which he describes at the end of Beyond a Boundary, and which he takes as 'proof of the pudding': (59) that is, proof of his whole wider argument about the way in which historical and political struggles find expression in popular cultural activity.
Introduced by a main character, however, such by-play remains on the homodiegetic level, as when Hamlet remarks: "The play's the thing, / Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king" (Hamlet II, ii, 509-510) or Nero exclaims "Qualis artifex pereo!"