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

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

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

Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man.

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

We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it.

Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good drama must be drastic.

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

All souls seeking asylum find WITHIN the unimpeded path to your own freedom and destiny.The human theater of conflict is a battle for hearts and minds through the world of symbols, words and ideas.

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

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

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.

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.

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

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

In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.

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.

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

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

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

I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.

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

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

Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques.

The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.

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

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

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

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

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

In a sense I feel very much a part of the cinema now in a way where when I come back to the theater now I feel like a visitor. The cinema is really what I enjoy. I want to do more independent movies.

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

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

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.

A true priest is aware of the presence of the altar during every moment that he is conducting a service. It is exactly the same way that a true artist should react to the stage all the time he is in the theater. An actor who is incapable of this feeling will never be a true artist.

People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.

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

Their rebukes have never made me angry, because I have always wondered why they did not rebuke me more. They should have. Their friendly praise has been one of the sweetest, most warming things in my life in the theater. I do go on the stage unafraid of them and with love in my heart for them.

The Miss America contest is the most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition.

I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.

We all know that the theater and every play that comes to Broadway have within themselves, like the human being, the seed of self-destruction and the certainty of death. The thing is to see how long the theater, the play, and the human being can last in spite of themselves.

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

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.