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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, dramatist

Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have -- by disrupting that order -- a way of surprising.

Vaclav Havel, leader

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

Arthur Miller, playwright

I grew up in Queens and New Jersey. I started doing children's theater when I was seven to get out of school because I didn't fit in.

Jesse Eisenberg, actor

For me, you say the words 'concept record,' and the first thing I think of is theater or the opera or something.

Chester Bennington, musician

We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.

Thornton Wilder, novelist

When theater becomes a soothing middle-class thing, when it's packaged as the Night Out, then that's the death of it.

Ralph Fiennes, actor

Good drama must be drastic.

Friedrich Von Schlegel,

The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.

Abbie Hoffman, activist

The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.

Denis Diderot, editor

The world's a theatre, the earth a stage,Which God and nature do with actors fill

John Heywood, dramatist

The stage is life, music, beautiful girls, legs, breasts, not talk or intellectualism or dried-up academics.

Harold Clurman,

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

Antonin Artaud, dramatist

I joined Tommy Dorsey at the Paramount Theater in New York as a singer. I replaced Frank Sinatra.

Ken Curtis, actor

Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.

Martha Graham, dancer

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.

John Mortimer, novelist

I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee - may he rot and perish. Good afternoon.

Orson Welles, actor

Idealistic producing is safe. Sensibly projected in the theater, the fine thing always does pay and always will.

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

My sense of responsibility to the audience is to screen things that they would never see in a local theater.

Richard Wilson, actor

For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.

Sarah Bernhardt, actress

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, actress

We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big.

Carly Simon, musician

The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, for we that live to please, must please to live.

Samuel Johnson, author

If I had a gun to my head and I had to choose between theater and film I'd choose theater.

Ralph Fiennes, actor

Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.

Thornton Wilder, novelist

Look, I'm 40, I'm single, and I work in musical theater - you do the math!

Nathan Lane, actor

I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.

Vaclav Havel, leader

Yeah, I do get to do some theater occasionally. I don't get to do it as much as I would like to.

Luke Kirby, actor

The truth, the absolute truth, is that the chief beauty for the theatre consists in fine bodily proportions.

Sarah Bernhardt, actress

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin, clergyman

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

Robert Brustein, educator

If I have to, I'll go and direct theater and talk till the cows come home.

Ridley Scott, director

I wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid, but I started doing theater in high school because it was a requirement. At first, I was completely irritated. But I ended up loving it.

Sophia Bush, actress

I've always wanted to do theater in Chicago. Chicago is a big theater town-and, in some ways, I think this city is savvier and smarter than New York. Sometimes, I think it's a little too chic to go to theater in New York these days.

Jeffrey Donovan, actor

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, novelist

I would love to do more movies. I'd like to get into some theater, too, if I could, just to learn more. I want to do gritty performances that I'm proud of. It doesn't matter to me if four people see it or millions of people see it, as long as I perform in such a way that people go, 'Wow!'

Jason Dohring, actor

We film in front of a live audience, and I was a theater actor before I got into television, so I like that.

Jillian Bach, actress

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, poet

Every week it's another opportunity to really make that work and figure out how to make it work better. And I love that it's like theater, too, and the audience, and it's so short. It's only 20 minutes. It's like a haiku or something.

Joan Cusack, actress

I wore goofy hats to school and did musical theater. Most people thought I was a dork. But if you have a sense of humor about it, no one can bring you down.

Zac Efron, actor

Reviewers...must normally function as huff-and-puff artists blowing laggard theatergoers stageward.

Walter Kerr, critic

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

Howard Barker, playwright

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.

Alfred Jarry, writer

Ever since I got on Days I've been doing theater.

Austin Peck, actor

This is an age of specialization, and in such an age the repertory theater is an anachronism, a ludicrous anachronism.

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

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.

Henry James, writer

I'll see you at the theater tonight. I'll hold your seat til you get there. After that you're on your own.

Bert Kalmar,

You go to a theater now and you literally see parents watching the movie and they suddenly cover their kid's ears. I figured I'd make one movie where they didn't have to do this.

Garry Marshall, actor

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, actress

The shows at the Hilton are the most exciting shows I've ever done. The stage is huge, but the theater is intimate, so we can have a magnificent production and still connect with the audience.

Barry Manilow, musician

I realize I'm a very lucky man. I love what I do, I love films, TV and theater, and the fact that I'm able to make a living at it staggers me.

Eric Stoltz, actor

I've been doing musical theater since I was a kid. And look for a CD from me in the future. I want to write all the songs!

Zac Efron, actor

The last thing in the world I should have done was go into the theater because was inordinately shy as a young man. I couldn't open my mouth. At a party, I was the one stuck up against the wall. I was embarrassed about talking. I felt that I couldn't talk well.

Gale Gordon, actor

I came to America to become an architect. And somewhere along the line while I was still in school, I was lured into theater, and that's how I became interested in theater. My first play was something called "A Banquet for the Moon." It was a weird play.

Mako, actor

When you're an actor working in the theater, you would never say anything to the writer, never alter the dialogue, never dream to ask for changes.

Jill Hennessy, actress

Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle of a performance and left the theater in disgust, I felt as though I hadn't done my job.

Jeremy Piven, actor

I had always wanted to be an actress. I went to summer theater camp from kindergarten on up until high school, and always had the leads in all the plays - even though they were at the YMCA - but it was something I always wanted to do.

Chloe Sevigny, actress

I was always talking in weird voices from the time I was two. I guess I just found a way to keep doing it! I did get a degree in theater and took some voice-over classes... but most of it is just the same stuff I was doing as a kid!

Grey DeLisle, musician

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.

David Hare, playwright

I was a total education geek. I loved school. I loved learning. I loved doing homework. All of my books and notebooks from high school are underlined and highlighted and there are notes all over the margins. And you know, I was a theater kid too. I was all over the place.

Sophia Bush, actress

I remember when I saw 'The Matrix' when I was 13, I saw it in the theaters, and I was so blown away by it. It was one of the most memorable experiences I definitely ever had in the theater.

Emile Hirsch, actor

I went to a college in New York called New Paltz. I studied theater there for four years. I also studied privately in NYC with a teacher named Robert X. Modica.

Aida Turturro, actress

Be reflective...and stay away from the theater as much as you can. Stay out of the theatrical world, out of its petty interests, its inbreeding tendencies, its stifling atmosphere, its corroding influence. Once become

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

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

Enid Bagnold, author

In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple.

J. M. Synge,

All this class of pleasures inspires me with the same nausea as I feel at the sight of rich plum-cake or sweetmeats; I prefer the driest bread of common life.

Sydney Smith, clergyman

...I have never known a movement in the theater that did not work direct and serious harm. Indeed, I have sometimes felt that the very people associated with various uplifting activities in the theater are people who are astoundingly lacking in idealism.

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention,A kingdom for a stage, princes to actAnd monarchs to behold the swelling scene!

William Shakespeare, dramatist

This...is an age of specialization, and in such an age the repertory theater is an anachronism, a ludicrous anachronism.

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

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, writer

I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence, and the theater you like has more to do with language.

Ben Kingsley, actor

I loathe bad theater and most theatre is very bad because it's repetitious, unexciting and, dangerously, it is sometimes praised for those things.

Fiona Shaw, actress

The theatre, for all its artifices, depicts life in a sense more truly than history, because the medium has a kindred movement to that of real life, though an artificial setting and form.

George Santayana, philosopher

I never studied anything about film technique in school. Eventually, I realized that cinema and theater are not so different: from the gut to the heart to the head of a character is the same journey for both.

Ralph Fiennes, actor

I did a play called 'On Golden Pond' in a dinner theater in Maine and then went to New York for a talent competition having put together a three-man juggling routine and some one-liners and I got myself an agent from that.

Patrick Dempsey, actor

You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn't work. And what's good theater and what's good politics isn't necessarily good economic policy.

Michael Bloomberg, politician

Well, this is an unfortunate part of the UN institution. It's the - the theater of the absurd. It doesn't only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi's Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam's Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament.

Benjamin Netanyahu, leader

This is my theater. This is where I can sing and act out a play and do sit-ups at the same time.

Richard Simmons, fitness instructor

I've always loved musical theater. It's a bit of a family tradition.

Trey Anastasio, musician

I've learned that in the theater the story is everything. Every lyric, every line and every musical gesture has to propel the journey of a given character or the overall plot.

Trey Anastasio, musician

I worked in television; I'm the Failed Pilot Queen, I've done so many television shows, pilots, theater ... when you do it for so long, I'm telling you, you get to the point where it becomes varied because you take what's available for a number of reasons. It's just an occupational hazard.

Viola Davis, actress

And that's what people want to see when they go to the theater. I believe at the end of the day, they want to see themselves - parts of their lives they can recognize. And I feel if I can achieve that, it's pretty spectacular.

Viola Davis, actress

I grew up doing sitcoms and theater and even playing with the Beach Boys, where you're programmed to perform, your body gets into a rhythm and you know it has to perform.

John Stamos, actor

It hath evermore been the notorious badge of prostituted Strumpets and the lewdest Harlots, to ramble abroad to Plays, to Playhouses; whither no honest, chaste or sober Girls or Women, but only branded Whores and infamous Adulteresses, did usually resort in ancient times.

William Prynne,

I've realized that what you think of when you make a 'big movie,' if it's actually a green screen movie, it's like doing independent New York theater because you don't have any backgrounds or props. So it's kind of like making the lowest budgeted film you could possibly imagine, plus $100 million.

Emile Hirsch, actor

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,

We were raised without movies, theater or music. We had only nature, the hills, the trees. When I got on the set of 'Manon,' I wasn't star-struck because I didn't know what a star was.

Emmanuelle Beart, actress

Macbeth is a very popular play with audiences. If you want to sell out a theater, just mount a production of Macbeth. It's a short play, it's an exciting play, it's easy to understand, and it attracts great acting.

Ian Mckellen, actor

My relationship with Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm reaches far back into my childhood. I grew up with Grimm's fairy tales. I even saw a theater production of 'Tom Thumb' during Advent at the State Theater in Danzig, which my mother took me to see.

Gunter Grass, author

The knights of the theater represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me.

Patrick Stewart, actor

The theater, for me, has always been a place where I'm free to be more creative, a place to sharpen my tools.

Ethan Hawke, actor

Having come up in the era where movies are only movies if they're released in the theater... I don't know if that holds true anymore. I've been involved in some movies that have gone 'direct-to-video,' and that used to not be a good thing, but now it's different.

Colin Hanks, actor

Theater is just so much more satisfying than film or television just because you deliver the whole thing from start to finish in one evening, and you can tell if people have enjoyed it or not. That's great to do every night to go in front of a full room of people and tell the story. There's nothing like that really.

Jonny Lee Miller, actor

I was definitely a choir and theater geek.

Michelle Branch, musician

We have a very wide range of content, but the brand-newest movies, what's happening with those is a $30 pay-per-view option - not from Netflix but from DirecTV and others - of movies that are in the theater.

Reed Hastings, businessman

The drama's altar isn't on the stage: it is candle-sticked and flowered in the box office. There is the gold, though there be no frankincense or myrrh; and the gospel for the day always The Play will Run for a Year. The Dove of Inspiration, of the desire for inspiration, has flown away from it; and on it's roof, now, the commonplace crow caws candidly.

Sean O'Casey, playwright

Magneto has a whole lot of complexity to him. Emotionally, he's coming from a very damaged place. I like the ambivalence of it. I want the audience leaving the theater wondering, asking the questions themselves rather than being spoon-fed like a lot of these super-villain characters.

Michael Fassbender, actor

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