As a debate, this was a sideshow, 90 minutes of stilted silliness, an intermission interrupting the real deal.
With concerts and plays the intermission often proves a bit of dilemma.
But at intermission during a recent preview performance, the man next to me grumbled that he had no idea what was going on.
He promptly explained the situation, breaking early for intermission.
And during the intermission, digital brigadiers milled busily about the outside of the theater.
It was stuffy and hot, but Yetta, in spite of her shawl and blanket, shivered when the intermission was over.
The rain had almost ceased, an intermission which would not be of long duration.
The man at the piano jingled elaborately in the intermission between the two parts of the movie.
This was at the intermission after the first act of "The Beggars" opera.
Without a moment's intermission further orders were given him: 'Be seated; be seated!
early 15c., from Latin intermissionem (nominative intermissio) "interruption," noun of action from past participle stem of intermittere "to leave off," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission).
Intermission is used in U.S. for what we call an interval (in a musical or dramatic performance). Under the influence of LOVE OF THE LONG WORD, it is beginning to infiltrate here and should be repelled; our own word does very well. [H.W. Fowler, "Modern English Usage," 1926]