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proscenium (pro-SEE-nee-uhm) noun

The part of the stage that is in front of the curtain.

[From Latin proscenium, from Greek proskenion, from pro- (before) + skene (scene).]

"A certain elegant artificiality borders this novel (Gertrude and Claudius) like the proscenium of a stage. Updike has laced his own Shakespearean aphorisms through the narrative." Ron Charles, To Be or Not to Be a Good Parent, That is the Question, Christian Science Monitor (Boston), Feb 3, 2000.

This week's theme: words from theater.


The mind commands the body and the body obeys. The mind commands itself and finds resistance. -St. Augustine (354-430)

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