understage (not comparable)
understage (plural understages)
- (theater) The area beneath a stage.
1900, William Paul Gerhard, Theatres: Their Safety from Fire and Panic, Their Comfort and Healthfulness, page 97:
- When deep pits, required in the understage for the machinery and traps, cannot be drained on account of insufficient depth of the street sewer
1996, James M. Saslow, The Medici wedding of 1589: Florentine festival as Theatrum Mundi, page 86:
- The understage being only 9 feet (5 braccia) high, the mountain had to rise in telescoping stages
2001, Augusto Boal; Adrian Jackson, Candida Blaker, Hamlet and the baker's son: my life in theatre and politics:
- dozens of strapping stage-hands in the understage manipulating warships, cannons dispatching balls of fire, blue smoke.