But the staginess
of her acting was unbearable, and grew worse as she went on.
of the direction reflects the background of theatre maestro Trevor Nunn, whose long professional relationship with Dench adds to an air of cosiness.
Cohen uses the "staginess
" of the nineteenth-century pirate to elucidate some of the complex connections between copyright history and theater history (8).
As Avril Horner has suggested, "the very staginess
of her pain throws into doubt" the novel's apparent symbolic dimensions without ruling out the possibility of a symbolic reading of Hannah's story (77).
Plays would be rigorously but not brutally cut ("There is scarcely a normal stage play that is not improved by some judicious editing".) "The plays themselves", he added, "will be properly adapted for TV and sufficiently extended in setting to remove any feeling of staginess
about the production".
In these variations on the theatrum mundi theme, human life is represented as performance, certainly, but the understanding is that the potential artificiality of spectacle, its 'staginess
', does not make it remote from lived reality: life is a 'People-stage', in this worldview, inevitably, where 'warre' creates 'blood-enammeld showes', which Greville may represent metaphorically but which are not as a necessary consequence unreal.
Mailer was certainly one of the first to suggest the staginess
of the images from the moon, and to consider the possibility that they were indeed staged by NASA: "the event was so removed, however, so unreal, that no objective correlative existed to prove it had not conceivably been an event staged in a television studio" (122).
Nonetheless, if "authenticity" is the standard, it'd be quite easy to see him, especially in the staginess
of his readings, as the height of affectation.
True, she's got enough genuine inauthenticity to go around -- decades of positioning, framing, parsing, dodging -- but the perception is compounded by the obvious staginess
of the gigantic political apparatus that surrounds her and directs her movements.
In 'Je ne parle pas francais' the narrator, a rather preening writer, makes much of the levels of perceptual quality by using quotes and staginess
to draw attention to the constructed world: 'Anyway, the "short winter afternoon was drawing to a close" as they say' (62) and 'According to the books I should have felt immensely relieved and delighted ...
He never raises his voice or descends into staginess
; instead, he maintains an earnest concern.