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I write plays for people who wouldn't be seen dead in the theatre. - Barrie Keeffe

whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings. - Arthur Miller

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

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

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 open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience -- it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere. - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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

In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple. - J. M. Synge

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

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

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

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

Theatergoing is a communal act, movie going a solitary one. - Robert Brustein

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

I just love, I love, I love movies. - Laura Dern

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

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

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


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