Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term double take.

On double take’s official page, we have defined the term as “a character looks at something, then looks away, then realizes what he’s seen, and then looks back in surprise.”

But now we want to know what the term double take means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Who did the greatest double take you’ve ever seen? Was it on stage or on television? (I’m partial to Bea Arthur’s double takes on The Golden Girls myself).

— If you’re an actor, have you ever had to do a double take on stage? Did it get a laugh?

— Have you ever seen someone do a double take in real life? What caused them to look twice?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term double take, 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