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Theater Quotes

  • "You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors and the audience, - and each must give something" - Kenneth Haigh
  • "Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater." - W. R. Inge
  • "The wide and universal theatre...All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages." - Shakespeare (1564-1616) As You Like It,II.7.137
  • "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
  • "In the theater the audience wants to be surprised but by things that they expect" - Tristan Bernard
  • "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
  • "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
  • "For a minute or perhaps two-and this is a long time-the theater makes man better and happier on this earth." - Jean Jacques Gautier
  • "The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent. The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent." - Robert Brustein
  • "The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout." - Robert Holman
  • "The theater, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything-gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness-rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations....To break through language in order to touch life is to create or recreate the theatre." - Antonin Artaud, The Theater and its Double
  • "Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism." - Alan Jay Lerner
  • "The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life." - Oscar Wilde
  • "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
  • "I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly." - Howard Barker
  • "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." - Orson Welles

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