Audiences are not strangers to me. They're the best friends I've got in my life.
Audiences know what to expect. . . and that is all they are prepared to believe in.
Bad acting, like bad writing, has a remarkable uniformity, whether seen on the French, German, or English stages; it all seems modeled after two or three types, and those the least like types of good acting. The fault generally lies less in the bad imitation of a good model, than in the successful imitation of a bad model.
|George||Lewes||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
|Costumes, Set Design||
Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Routines have their purposes, but the merely routine is the hidden enemy of high art. [Advice to theatrical designers,]
|Cecil||Beaton||The Secret of How to Startle Theatre Arts May 57|
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
Beat to fit, paint to match.
Before a character even speaks, we 'read' their appearance through their costume.
Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul.
Being another character is more interesting than being yourself.
|John||Gielgud||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
Brush up your Shakespeare
|Cole||Porter||Kiss Me, Kate (musical)|