hold the stage

hold the stage

To control the space of action or the platform from which one speaks to or in front of others. Climate change currently holds the stage in global politics. Tom is holding the stage right now; you'll have your turn to respond after he's finished. The brilliant actress holds the stage with sublime confidence and skill.
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hold the stage

dominate a scene of action or forum of debate.
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That the lady could hold the stage has never been in question.
He has proved to everyone he is a true star in his own right and he can certainly hold the stage on his own.
Through that experience, I learned there was a special set of skills required for a dancer to be able to hold the stage alone.
Tovar can hold the stage alone and he's got George's self-absorption down, but neither he nor Reynolds' Dana seem particularly taken with each other.
In group sections and solos, King sometimes loses focus and can't hold the stage as can Rhoden, but the sensual, roiling movement in the end won the audience's approval.