Theatre Quotes

Words to the Wise
Quotations from a wide range of theatrical perspectives

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Acting

Actors are the only honest hypocrites.

William Hazlitt
Acting

All the theories that acting is reacting to imaginary circumstances as though they are real, and directing is turning psychology into behavior, those are all stabs at something that can't be taught. All the great actors can't talk about what they do, and they don't want to begin to talk about it. They just do it.

Mike Nichols
General, Playwriting

Drama - what literature does at night.

George Jean Nathan
General

It is the characteristic of the most stringent censorships that they give credibility to the opinions they attack.

Voltaire
Acting, Directing, General, Playwriting

The only way to see the value of a play is to see it acted.

Voltaire
Acting, Directing

The whole point about laughter is it's like mercury: you can't catch it, you can't catch what motivates it - that's why it's funny.

Mike Nichols
Acting

Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too.

Donald Sinden
Backstage

Definition of Stage Manager: The person who rarely gets credit when everything goes right.

Anonymous
Directing, Shakespeare

The play loses a great deal of its meaning if it is robbed of a magic which springs, not from the glittering tip of a department-store wand, but from the earth, the stones, the very air of the wood; and a magic which is not merely pretty but dark and dangerous. [said of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tyrone Guthrie
Acting

You can't be funny unless you're tragic, and you can't be tragic unless you're funny.

Elaine Stritch

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