A stage wait to let that soak into them in all its full strength.
After that there was what is known in theatrical circles as a "stage wait."
The ‘stage wait’ was filled up by some simple playing and singing by a few local amateurs.
Now you'd better go on or there'll be a stage wait, and get back to ma as quick as you like.
His reluctance was merely a dissimulation, a stage wait for heightened dramatic effect.
There was some advantage, too, in this species of stage wait.
There was an agonizing time getting us all introduced and a still more agonizing time of stage wait afterward.
A tiny pause ensues; this stage wait has been skillfully timed; a suitable atmosphere subtly has been created.