from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An arch or archway or any equivalent opening in the wall, which, except for this opening, is usually built solid as a precaution in case of fire between the stage and the auditorium of a modern theater.
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Across the length of the theatre two proscenium-arch stages face each other.
Mr. Goold says that one problem with proscenium-arch productions was that he had come to realize that they need to have one big theme or concept, such as ' Richard III ' on crutches or the 1950s-style ' Comedy of Errors ' in 1978.
Everybody has been wondering how it could possibly be done in all these proscenium-arch theatres.
These are the equivalent of downstage and upstage in a proscenium-arch theater.
He had firmly made up his mind as they entered to obtain a place in the rear corner of the box, where he could not be seen; but he was not prepared for the generalship of Mrs. Sharpe, who so manoeuvered it as to force him to the very edge, between herself and Garland, and, as she turned to him with a laughing remark which, in pantomime, had all the confidential understanding of most cordial and intimate acquaintanceship, Bobby glanced apprehensively across at the other side of the proscenium-arch.
"Even assuming that there are people who like such novels, or pictures, or music, your case is none the better, for ordinary people don't get trapped into being bored by them, and such works can live without general support, whilst drama has to appeal to the bulk of us, and you cannot stick over the proscenium-arch some phrase such as 'Philistines will be irritated.'