offstage

Offstage describes something that happens in the area of a theater stage that the audience can't see. An actor who's getting ready for his cue to stride onstage and say, "To be or not to be!" stands offstage.

Offstage is a handy adverb when you're talking about a play. Things that happen offstage might not be visible to the audience, but they're vital to the show: costumers sew on missing buttons offstage, stagehands move parts of the set offstage during scene changes, and actors practice their lines offstage. Offstage works as an adjective or noun as well. You can use it figuratively too, for anything that goes on out of public sight.

Definitions of offstage
  1. adjective
    situated or taking place in the area of a stage not visible to the audience
    offstage noises”
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    Antonyms:
    onstage
    situated or taking place on the area of a stage visible to the audience
  2. adverb
    behind the scenes; not on stage
    “the actors were waiting offstage
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    Antonyms:
    onstage
    on the stage
  3. noun
    a stage area out of sight of the audience
    synonyms: backstage, wing
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    type of:
    stage
    a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience
  4. adjective
    concealed from public view or attention
    offstage political meetings”
    synonyms: backstage
    private
    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
  5. adverb
    not in public
    “the deal was done offstage
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