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Theater quotes
Theater
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The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.

- Auden, W. H.
2.

I write plays for people who wouldn't be seen dead in the theatre.

- Keeffe, Barrie
3.

The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

- Jarry, Alfred
4.

What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.

- Howells, William Dean
5.

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.

- Welles, Orson
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The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.

- Bagnold, Enid
7.

It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work -- the night watchman.

- Bankhead, Tallulah
8.

My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone.

- Miller, Arthur
9.

Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.

- Auden, W. H.
10.

Corporations are social organizations, the theater in which men and women realize or fail to realize purposeful and productive lives.

- Rena, Peter
11.

To save the theatre, the theatre must be destroyed, the actors and actresses must all die of the plague. They poison the air, they make art impossible. It is not drama that they play, but pieces for the theatre. We should return to the Greeks, play in the open air; the drama dies of stalls and boxes and evening dress, and people who come to digest their dinner.

- Duse, Eleanor
12.

Theatergoing is a communal act, movie going a solitary one.

- Brustein, Robert
13.

To treat a big subject in the intensely summarized fashion demanded by an evening's traffic of the stage when the evening, freely clipped at each end, is reduced to two hours and a half, is a feat of which the difficulty looms large.

- James, Henry
14.

I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly.

- Barker, Howard
15.

Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live.

- Winters, Shelley
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The theatre is the best way of showing the gap between what is said and what is seen to be done, and that is why, ragged and gap-toothed as it is, it has still a far healthier potential than some poorer, abandoned arts.

- Hare, David
17.

Dinner theater is anti-culture.

- John Simon
18.

Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.

- Peale, Norman Vincent
19.

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.

- Mortimer, John
20.

The audience is the most revered member of the theater. Without an audience there is no theater. Every technique learned by the actor, every curtain, every flat on the stage, every careful analysis by the director, every coordinated scene, is for the enjoyment of the audience. They are our guests, our evaluators, and the last spoke in the wheel which can then begin to roll. They make the performance meaningful.

- Spolin, Viola


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