Meaning of stage-manage

stage-man•age

Pronunciation: (stāj'man"ij), [key]
— v., -aged, -ag•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to work as a stage manager for: When he wasn't acting, he stage-managed a repertory theater.
  2. to arrange or stage in order to produce a theatrical or spectacular effect: The clients were most impressed with the way she stage-managed the whole presentation.
  3. to arrange or direct unobtrusively or in secret: He stage-managed Mediterranean black-market operations from his secluded villa on the Riviera.
—v.i.
  1. to work as a stage manager.
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