|General, Musical Theatre||
A flop is often the result of the fact that each of the talents involved, while working on the same project, may in effect have been working on a different show from all the others. If all contributors do not share the same vision of the evening, the end product will not evince the harmony of diverse elements--the seeming inevitability of book, score, and staging--of a good musical.
|Ethan||Mordden||Not Since Carrie|
A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool's part.
A good actor makes clear the meaning of the words. A better actor gives also the emotion of the part. The best actor adds emotion of which the character is unconscious.
|Clare||Eames||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation.
|Ring||Lardner||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
A good play is a play which when acted upon the boards make an audience interested and pleased. A play that fails in this is a bad play.