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Synonyms for byplay

incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

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Scheiber portrays the Obama team as more cliquish than a middle school, fraught with seating-chart slights and tennis-camp snubs, where policy is frequently determined by meaningless personal byplay.
It also brings into even greater focus the byplay Howard uses between magical villains, stifling civilization and the free barbarian.
The real point of the movie is the bantering byplay between Holmes and Watson (Jude Law) punctuated by punches, explosions and action sequences as bloated and pretentious as a 10-minute drum solo on a live album by a second-rate art-rock band from the '70s.
The byplay between front and home front, meanwhile, was something that Pyle not only treated thematically; it was embedded in the rhetorical "address" of his work, in multiple senses of that word.
I'll spare you the byplay I called from my cellphone in the mall.
That would never be more true than during his two years as governor, when political patronage, old-boy rules and Albany's drawn-out legislative byplay set him constantly on edge and frayed his temper.
The fact that Huzur had written the play and that Singh was the co- director made it a perfect setting for a byplay offstage.
Anachronistic byplay (mobile phones, iPods, leg-dewaxers) is at odds with the piece, sexual crudity is everywhere and the striptease cliche becomes a bore.
Today, Blankenbuehler is tweaking, adding some byplay between dancers here, squaring off a hiked shoulder there, and closing up the spacing between dancers to provide a tighter screen for Block's costume change.
You feel tethered, as uxor-ius suggests, lest you miss something in the illustrious byplay of her frontal lobes.
Much of the endless primary campaign has consisted of manufactured byplay around gaffes by candidates and their surrogates.
A curious byplay of these divisions was that each group gave varying inspirational interpretations to the central dramas of the Hebrew Bible--especially the Exodus.
Directed by Jillian Armenante for the consistently stellar Circle X Theatre Company, "Love Loves" is a rich delight for anybody who enjoys seeing language and character byplay bouncing smartly off each other.
Lenny recognizes their byplay as a sexual contretemps: "What are you doing, making me some kind of proposal?