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under- +‎ stage


understage (not comparable)

  1. (of machinery etc) underneath the stage


understage (plural understages)

  1. (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.

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