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curtain speech

noun, Theater.
the final speech of an act, scene, or play.
a brief speech by an actor, producer, author, or the like, immediately following a performance, usually delivered in front of the closed curtains on the stage. Unabridged
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  • I recognized this deathless line as the curtain speech and crawled to my feet.

    The Repairman Harry Harrison
  • The real author of our little comedy appears to make a curtain speech.

    The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • George Bernard Shaw's witticism when somebody in the gallery hissed while he was making a curtain speech has become famous.

    The Footlights Fore and Aft Channing Pollock
  • I used to shriek with laughter listening to his curtain speeches or, rather, his curtain speech.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for curtain speech

curtain speech

a talk given in front of the curtain after a stage performance, often by the author or an actor
the final speech of an act or a play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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