An instruction in the text of a play, especially one indicating the movement, position, or tone of an actor, or the sound effects and lighting.
- If the director gives a stage direction that the star disdains, he will usually simply not do it, or he'll leave the set and sulk.
- The stage direction by Frédéric Fisbach was clean and always inventive, never calling attention to itself, which is a triumph in a work that has a large cast and little apparent dramatic action.
- As You Like It begins with a stage direction from the First Folio (there were no prior printings) that says simply, Enter Orlando and Adam.
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