Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term chewing the scenery.
On chewing the scenery’s official page, we define the term as “to overact or act in a way that is distracting.” But now we want to know what the term chewing the scenery means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.
– Have you ever seen a famous actor ham it up on stage? Who was it and what did he or she do?
– Are there any well-known stage roles that you think call for an actor to chew the scenery? What are they?
– If you’re a performer, did you ever give a performance that you think was too over-the-top? What part did you play and what do you wish you’d done differently?
If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term chewing the scenery, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!
Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor