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25 Theater Quotes

All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man

Bernard Berenson Quotes

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In the theater the audience wants to be surprised but by things that they expect

Tristan Bernard Quotes

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No theater could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical connection between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world.

Kenneth Tynan Quotes

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The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors and the audience, - and each must give something

Kenneth Haigh Quotes

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You can throw away the privilege of acting, but that would be such a shame. The tribe has elected you to tell its story. You are the shaman/healer, that's what the storyteller is, and I think it's important for actors to appreciate that. Too often actors think it's all about them, when in reality it's all about the audience being able to recognize themselves in you. The more you pull away from the public, the less power you have on screen.

Ben Kingsley Quotes

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The center of the stage is where I am.

Martha Graham Quotes

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The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots.

Alfred Jarry Quotes

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The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all.

Gore Vidal Quotes

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We are in the black theater of nonexistence. In an eye blink the curtain is up, the stage ablaze, for the vast drama of ourselves.

Herman Wouk Quotes

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

Robert Brustein Quotes

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Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

W. R. Inge Quotes

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The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.

Arthur Miller Quotes

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I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.

Laurence Olivier, Sir Quotes

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The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout.

Robert Holman Quotes

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The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent.

Robert Brustein Quotes

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My playground was the theatre. I'd sit and watch my mother pretend for a living. As a young girl, that's pretty seductive.

Gwyneth Paltrow Quotes

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Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism.

Alan Jay Lerner Quotes

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The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout.

Robert Holman Quotes

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For my part, I confess I seldom listen to the players: one has so much to do, in looking about and finding out one's acquaintance, that, really, one has no time to mind the stage. One merely comes to meet one's friends, and show that one's alive.

Fanny Burney Quotes

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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.

Eleanor Duse Quotes

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I just love, I love, I love movies.

Laura Dern Quotes

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

Tallulah Bankhead Quotes

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

Howard Barker Quotes

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We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.

Bertolt Brecht Quotes

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