A good play tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad play tells us the truth about its author.
A great actor is independent of the poet, because the supreme essence of feeling does not reside in prose or in verse, but in the accent with which it is delivered.
A ground plan is important in terms of its rigor. If your plan is soggy and weak, your production will be soggy and weak.
|Acting, Musical Theatre||
A lot of the actresses who have had most impact in musicals have been character actresses. And character is an essential ingredient of the best shows. In Merrily We Roll Along, for instance, I got to play a character with such a marvellous span - from boozy, fat, cynical 45-year-old to an 18-year-old in love with life ... I'd rather see her [Dame Judi Dench] do a musical than anyone with 10 times the voice.
|Samantha||Spiro||London Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 25.3.01|
A lot of what acting is paying attention.
A nation that does not support and encourage its theater is -- if not dead -- dying; just as a theater that does not capture with laughter and tears the social and historical pulse, the drama of its people, the genuine color of the spiritual and natural landscape, has no right to call itself theater; but only a place for amusement.
A nonprofessional theatre is, simply, one comprised of people who do not derive their income from it and do not spend most of their time engaged in it. There are two distinct categories: (1) nonprofessional groups that present plays with some regularity; and (2) nonprofessional groups that are organized on a one-time basis to present a play or a show for some special purpose. The former represents what is known as community theatre, and the latter falls under the heading of amateur theatre (though both types are amateur, or nonprofessional).
|Stephen||Langley||Theatre Management & Production in America|
A novelist may lose his readers for a few pages; a playwright never dares lose his audience for a minute.
A play has two authors, the playwright and the actor.
|Eric||Bentley||In Search of Theater|
|Costumes, Lighting, Set Design||
A play is a painting that moves. Instead of it holding still, and you are looking at it, you hold still and it scrolls by.
|Patricia||Zipprodt||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|