If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.
A good play tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad play tells us the truth about its author.
Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand.
Why don't I just give you some money, then you can buy whatever you want to wear on stage. You obviously want a shopper, and I am merely a designer. [said to an uncooperative actress during a costume fitting]
|Nan||Cibula-Jenkins||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping.
Whatever you do kid, always serve it with a little dressing.
|George M.||Cohan||Friendly Advice by Jon Winokur|
Appreciation can make a day--even change a life, Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
Acting is not a state of being ... but a state of appearing to be. You can't be eight times a week without going stark staring mad. You've got to be in control.
I will accept anything in the theatre . . . provided it amuses or moves me. But if it does neither, I want to go home.
You ask my advice about acting? Speak clearly, don't bump into the furniture and if you must have motivation, think of your pay packet on Friday.