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.