staginess


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stag·y

also stag·ey  (stā′jē)
adj. stag·i·er, stag·i·est
Having a theatrical, especially an artificial or affected, character or quality.

stag′i·ly adv.
stag′i·ness n.
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Noun1.staginess - an artificial and mannered quality
artificiality - the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally

staginess

noun
Showy mannerisms and behavior:
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staginess

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But the staginess of her acting was unbearable, and grew worse as she went on.
The staginess 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).
Whereas cinematic texts often use film's unique technical apparatus to help unify the narrative into a cohesive story, Ceylan privileges a theatrical 'staginess'; this sort of filmmaking doesn't draw attention to itself, but instead invites us to watch in a way that recalls sitting in a theatre.
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 ...