The pageants were on wheels, and as soon as a play was over at the first appointed place, the stage
was dragged by men to the next place and the play again began.
But we continually over-rate the perfection of the geological record, and falsely infer, because certain genera or families have not been found beneath a certain stage, that they did not exist before that stage.
Cuvier used to urge that no monkey occurred in any tertiary stratum; but now extinct species have been discovered in India, South America, and in Europe even as far back as the eocene stage.
But besides demonstrating the persistence of the popular demand for drama, they exerted a permanent influence in that they formed certain stage
traditions which were to modify or largely control the great drama of the Elizabethan period and to some extent of later times.
The popular taste was not only there directed towards the stage, but it was a district  wherein many actors dwelt, and consequently died.
If misery and madness abound in stage life, so also does an indomitable cheerfulness, always at least a cheerful countenance.
And all went well, and no one in the audience would have suspected the full stage
of dogs behind the curtain had not Dick and Daisy, accompanied by the orchestra, begun to sing "Roll Me Down to Rio.
Lucy returned to the stage
for her scenes in the second act (the last in which she appears) with Sir Lucius and Fag.
After a few moments' rest, the orchestra played crashingly, and a small fat man burst out upon the stage
High up and out of sight, over the prodigious stage
of the court theater is a maze of interlacing water-pipes, so pierced that in case of fire, innumerable little thread-like streams of water can be caused to descend; and in case of need, this discharge can be augmented to a pouring flood.
This is the custom of sending on a basket-woman, who is to precede the pomp at a coronation, and to strew the stage
with flowers, before the great personages begin their procession.
Randall, who watched the stage
out of sight, gathered up her packages from the bench at the store door, and stepped into the wagon that had been standing at the hitching-post.
It is proper rather to Comedy, where those who, in the piece, are the deadliest enemies like Orestes and Aegisthus--quit the stage
as friends at the close, and no one slays or is slain.
It was the stage
where, dressed splendidly for his part, he strutted, incomparably dignified, made important by the power he had to awaken an absurd expectation of something heroic going to take place--a burst of action or song--upon the vibrating tone of a wonderful sunshine.
Suddenly the dressing-room of La Sorelli, one of the principal dancers, was invaded by half-a-dozen young ladies of the ballet, who had come up from the stage
after "dancing" Polyeucte.