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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

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

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

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

Abbie Hoffman, activist

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

Harold Clurman,

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

Good drama must be drastic.

Friedrich Von Schlegel,

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

John Heywood, dramatist

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

Denis Diderot, editor

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

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

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

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

Ken Curtis, actor

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.

John Mortimer, novelist

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

Robert Holman,

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

Martha Graham, dancer

The theater, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything

Antonin Artaud, dramatist

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

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

Ralph Fiennes, actor

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

Richard Wilson, actor

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

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress

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

Nathan Lane, actor

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

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

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

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

Carly Simon, musician

I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.

Vaclav Havel, leader

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

Sarah Bernhardt, actress

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

Thornton Wilder, novelist

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

Ridley Scott, director

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

Samuel Johnson, author

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

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

Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.

Sam Mendes, director

I think movies are a director's medium in the end. Theater is the actor's medium. Theater is fast, and enjoyable, and truly rewarding. I believe in great live performance.

Sam Mendes, director

I take the theater seriously in that I loathe it, I'm bored by it.

Fiona Shaw, actress

Actors get pigeonholed very quickly, particularly movie actors. In the theater, one is more used to casting people against type and trusting that their talent and skill will get them through.

Sam Mendes, director

In theater, you have a rehearsal period and you know just who to be.

Marcia Gay Harden, actress

I started a theater called Steppenwolf. We've been very supportive of the veterans there.

Gary Sinise, actor

[Waiting for Godot] has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. What's more, since the second act is a subtly different reprise of the first, he has written a play in which nothing happens, twice.

Vivian Mercier,

In the theater, it's about taking time in a musical segment, a pause in a musical way and then moving on.

Marcia Gay Harden, actress

I don't want the kind of theater that I love and grew up seeing to die out.

Jerry Herman, composer

I was as happy doing theater in New York for little or no money as I am now doing television for more money. The happiness, I guess, comes out of it being a good job. The success has to do with the fact that it's a good job that will continue.

David Hyde Pierce, actor

I'm trying to bring a new generation into the musical theater and to create a new audience.

Jerry Herman, composer

When I entered college, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. My advisor happened to be from the theater department, and he encouraged me to take some classes there, which I did.

David Selby, actor

My dad had a movie theater so I was there every night.

Brion James, actor

Because of the power of television, I was visible to everybody all over the world. But there are many things in the theater that are more fulfilling and that I look forward to doing more. But really, I love it all: theater, film, television.

Charlotte Rae, actress

It's really hard to say how long the show will last and will continue. I hope it lasts for a very long time. As long as kids watch it, anyway. But beyond this, sure, I would love to be doing film. I'd love to be doing more theater and perhaps even writing.

Steve Burns, actor

I want to do theater and I am looking forward to doing more Television and Movies. I also want to direct some plays in theater workshops for people with disabilities.

Chris Burke, actor

I love making people laugh. It's an addiction and it's probably dysfunctional, but I am addicted to it and there's no greater pleasure for me than sitting in a theater and feeling a lot of people losing control of themselves.

Jay Roach, director

I had a brief theater background and loved the backstage world there's more backstage work in television, so I saw a job advertised and applied, and got it. That was back in 1977, when getting jobs was easy.

Lee Child, writer

I'm always struck by the kids who turn up in New York and LA, and places in between. Chicago. Wanting to do theater, wanting to do independent film. Wanting to break into television or radio.

Frank Rich, journalist

It's exciting to do something like this because usually what happens in theater is that, after the first or second reading of a play, it falls apart completely and the rehearsal process is such that you begin to pick up the pieces and put it back together again.

Treat Williams, actor

Also, if you're in a TV show that does turn out to be very successful, you then can do whatever you want to do in theater for a very long time.

Treat Williams, actor

When I owned the theater, I had the Glen Miller Orchestra. I had 20 girls singing and dancing. I had a cast of characters. It was a big group production, as well as ushers, ticket takers.

Bobby Vinton, musician

As soon as I read that, it clicked: that's my theater of war. It was exciting to think that I could write about World War Two from a totally new place.

Michael Chabon, author

We can guess that the unacceptable conduct of the soldiers at Abu Ghraib resulted in part from the dangerous state of affairs on the ground in a theater of war.

John Yoo, educator

Normally our season is seven weeks in the Drama Theatre and four weeks in the Opera Theater.

Graeme Murphy, dancer

It's street theater. You have to make it entertaining so people don't get bored and walk away.

Jason Statham, actor

People who are interested in the arts and theater are such a minority.

Carol Kane, actress

My college degree was in theater. But the real reason, if I have any success in that milieu, so to speak, is because I spent a lot of years directing, I spent a lot of years behind the camera.

Alton Brown, entertainer

I am really not of the school of naturalism. I like style, and you can use more style in theater than in film roles. I love to sink my teeth into a part.

Marisa Tomei, actress

I was obsessed with romance. When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.

John Hughes, director

One of the things I love about theater, one of the reasons I'll never give it up, is that it's fifty percent the audience's responsibility.

William Petersen, actor

I remember, especially like when I was in high school, going to see like Dawn of the Dead and it was like mayhem in the theater and you could barely even watch the movie. It was so fun.

Rob Zombie, musician

Well I'm not much of a singer. But it's been a really nice time to do film, television, theater and have it all happening at once. That wasn't planned but it just happens.

Peter Krause, actor

We don't make movies for critics. I've done four movies; there's millions upon millions upon millions of people who've paid to see them. Somebody likes them. My greatest joy is to sit anonymously in a dark theater and watch it with an audience, a paying audience.

Michael Bay, director

Like Afghanistan before it, Iraq is only one theater in a regional war. We were attacked by a network of terrorist organizations supported by several countries, of whom the most important were Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

Michael Ledeen, writer

I did theater at Carnegie, and in Pittsburgh and New York.

Laura San Giacomo, actress

I decided at age 9, but I was reinforced at age 13 when a teacher told me I had talent. I can't say she really motivated me because I already knew. I knew I had talent. I went to the Jewish community theater and got in plays there. Then I went for the movies.'

Richard Dreyfuss, actor

All good performance pieces have some philosophical validity. That's the difference between mere theater and performance art.

Jack Bowman, actor

I've always just gone with the best role, and I don't care if it's in theater, film or television.

Kristen Johnston, actress

I spent 10 years in New York doing theater.

Kristen Johnston, actress

To me, theater is the mecca; if you really love to act, that's where it's the most fun, by a long shot.

Scott Caan, actor

Theater to me is acting but it's more real on film.

Ted Shackelford, actor

I like time off because I also have a life outside of theater.

Estelle Parsons, actress

Getting work in theater has always been sort of cyclical.

Estelle Parsons, actress

Do theater. Because you'll develop a craft that you'll always have. It'll give you a chance to really learn how to act and you won't go into the world with a few measly tricks that will only carry you so far.

Mark Ruffalo, actor

I'd also like to do a play. I've never done theater, and constantly changing and refining a performance is something I'd like to do, even though it may sound like work to some people - and it probably is work.

Nastassja Kinski, actress

Socrates didn't care to visit the theater, as a rule, except when the plays of Euripides (which some think, he himself had helped to compose), were performed.

Moses Mendelssohn, philosopher

Soon I worked during twelve years in theater works of the prestigious Theatre National Populaire. It was the best time of my life, the most difficult, the most interesting, the most exciting.

Maurice Jarre, composer

I had one of the best days of my life. I spent the afternoon with my two kids and my ex-wife at Serendipity. Then I came to the theater, and you know, I think I did the play the best I've ever done it.

Gabriel Byrne, actor

We were tremendously encouraged by the testing of Analyze That. Audiences loved it. They were telling us that they liked it as much as the original. We recorded the laughs in the theater.

Harold Ramis, actor

I've made six films since I made Secrets and Lies but I still live in London and I'd love to do theater.

Brenda Blethyn, actress

Mystery Science Theater is really a postmodern show, it's really derived of many influences.

Joel Hodgson, entertainer

Well, really the way worked was that I had probably built fifty robots before Mystery Science Theater, and I had sold them in a store in Minneapolis in a store called Props, which was kind of a high end gift shop.

Joel Hodgson, entertainer

A lot of the shows that really become hit shows are often demonstrated, like Mystery Science Theater.

Joel Hodgson, entertainer

I was trained as a neurologist, and then I went into the theater, and if you're brought up to think of yourself as a biological scientist of some sort, pretty well everything else seems frivolous by comparison.

Jonathan Miller, entertainer

The atmosphere of the theater is my oxygen.

Placido Domingo, musician

I see only defects because I'm not following the scene as it were. I'm not following the other person. It's like the best thing to clarify this is the theater.

Omar Sharif, actor

Do some work in the theater if you can. It is the best training you can get.

Juliet Mills, actor

To do theater you need to block off a hunk of time.

George Takei, actor

Toward the end of school I started watching movies. Got a job in a movie theater in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Jim McKay, journalist

There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives an entertainer a special charge.

Charley Pride, athlete

We should have done more damage to the Iraqi forces before they withdrew from the Kuwaiti theater.

Les Aspin, politician

Before we had the kids, my husband and I were traveling a lot and working and really enjoying our lives and each other. We both love the theater and books and travel and so we were really having a lot of fun.

Patricia Heaton, actress

And I started as a journalism major at Ohio State, ended up in theater and I love to read.

Patricia Heaton, actress

Performance art can involve the audience with taste, smell and sounds not available with electronic media and not practical with conventional theater. This is due to the usually small audience.

Jack Bowman, actor

I had never done any theater in high school, which actually worked to my benefit. I didn't develop any bad habits.

David James Elliott, actor

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