Theatre Quotes

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

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General, Playwriting

Drama - what literature does at night.

George Jean Nathan

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

Actors are the only honest hypocrites.

William Hazlitt

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


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

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

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, Directing, General, Playwriting

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


I see the playwright as a lay preacher peddling the ideas of his time in popular form.

August Strindberg

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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