Quotes and Sayings about Theater



"It will take very sophisticated marketing to achieve our aim of bringing more black people into the theater."
- Alvin Ailey
(Related: People, Marketing, Theater, Will)

"What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement."
- Edward Albee
(Related: People, Fantasy, Reality, Theater, Want)

"I've been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part. Now I'm nominated as actor in a supporting part. If I don't win, I'll just wait until I'm nominated for being in the theater during the show. Do they have one like that?"
- Alan Alda
(Related: Actor, Being, Leading, Now, Theater)

"I'm doing a play, a musical. The musical follows the Mamma Mia concept. It's my first LA theater project."
- Tatyana Ali
(Related: First, Play, Project, Theater)

"At the School of Visual Arts in New York, you can get your degree in Net art, which is really a fantastic way of thinking of theater in new ways."
- Laurie Anderson
(Related: Art, School, Theater, Thinking)

"The theater is where I belonged; I simply wanted to be an actress my whole life."
- Loni Anderson
(Related: Life, Theater)

"I started acting when I was 10, doing musical theater. I was a brunette at that time. I was always cast in all the exotic parts."
- Loni Anderson
(Related: Time, Acting, Theater)

"TV is like theater. You can't enjoy it without a program."
- Walter Annenberg
(Related: Theater)

"As filmmakers, we can show where a person's mind goes, as opposed to theater, which is more to sit back and watch it."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Mind, Theater)

"Unfortunately I put the opening date on the 5th of December 1941 and on the 7th of December the Japanese bombarded Pearl Harbour. My dream of a theater in Washington D.C. came to a prompt end."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Dream, December, End, Theater, Washington)

"We should have done more damage to the Iraqi forces before they withdrew from the Kuwaiti theater."
- Les Aspin
(Related: Theater)

"I've worked for 27 years nonstop in theater and films. That's a lot of work."
- Armand Assante
(Related: Work, Theater, Years)

"I came out of repertory theater, where I worked 50 weeks a year, and I loved working with the people."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: People, Theater)

"And so I've always been fascinated by the technical end of theater, and a lot of my closest friends are not actors, but in the other end of the business."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Business, Actors, End, Friends, Theater)

"Will the theater disappear? No. Is it healthy? Also no."
- Emanuel Azenberg
(Related: Theater, Will)

"We film in front of a live audience, and I was a theater actor before I got into television, so I like that."
- Jillian Bach
(Related: Actor, Film, Television, Theater)

"I'm from Chicago, my family started a chain of movie theaters in Chicago that were around for 70 years and then one of them became the head of Paramount and the other was the head of production at MGM and we all came out of Chicago."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Family, Chicago, Production, Years)

"I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see - you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Movies, Idea, Theater)

"Oh, I was completely hooked on movies and plays and theater from the time I was a day old - I was very, very early on in love with movies and I loved plays."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Love, Movies, Time, Day, Old, Theater)

"Corporations are social organizations, the theater in which men and women realize or fail to realize purposeful and productive lives."
- Lester Bangs
(Related: Men, Women, Corporations, Theater)

"If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience."
- Tallulah Bankhead
(Related: American, Help, Theater, Want)

"It was considered that you were stepping down by doing television. I almost turned Cybill down because I so wanted to remain a theater actress."
- Christine Baranski
(Related: Television, Theater)

"The award is important in order to bring people to the movie theater. That's the only principle meaning of any award."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: People, Meaning, Order, Theater)

"I wasn't hanging around the movie theaters in New York where I grew up, a Manhattan brat."
- Peter Bart
"I go a lot to see young people downtown in little theaters. It's great. If you start somebody's career, it's so exciting."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Related: People, Career)

"We don't make movies for critics. I've done four movies; there's millions upon millions upon millions of people who've paid to see them. Somebody likes them. My greatest joy is to sit anonymously in a dark theater and watch it with an audience, a paying audience."
- Michael Bay
(Related: Movies, People, Joy, Theater)

"During a trip to Iraq last fall, I visited our theater hospital at Balad Air Force Base and witnessed these skilled medical professionals in action and met the brave soldiers whose lives they saved."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Medical, Action, Force, Iraq, professionals, Soldiers, Theater)

"I didn't do a movie until I was almost 30. I'm grateful for that because it gave me a chance to be an adult in the world and do work in the regional theater that very few people cared about. I loved it and I wanted to do that stuff."
- Annette Bening
(Related: Work, People, Chance, Theater, World)

"These days, you can do a TV series for five years and all of a sudden be on top of the business. Features don't even run in theaters very long anymore before going right to television."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Business, Right, Television, Years)

"I had to work out where I was going, what type of films I wanted to make. For that reason, I decided to choose independent productions, less important roles, and I tried theater, too."
- Elizabeth Berkley
(Related: Work, Reason, Theater)

"I'm very resistant to most forms of theater."
- Steven Berkoff
(Related: Theater)

"The great actors we had came from the actor-manager theaters. Not only did they create a team, they were the generals working with the soldiers."
- Steven Berkoff
(Related: Actor, Actors, Soldiers)

"The mainstream is generally garbage. Look at the heavily subsidized theaters."
- Steven Berkoff
"In Mexico, theater is very underground, so if you're a theater actor it's very difficult to make a living. But it's also a very beautiful pathway to knowledge and to an open education."
- Gael Garcia Bernal
(Related: Education, Knowledge, Actor, Living, Open, Theater)

"I try to make films that move people when they are in the theater and make them think only after they leave."
- Claude Berri
(Related: People, Theater)

"Look, it's a mainstream animated movie, and how often are those considered thought provoking? It's meant to be a great time at the theater, but it's also designed to work on more than one level."
- Brad Bird
(Related: Time, Work, Thought, Theater)

"I've made six films since I made Secrets and Lies but I still live in London and I'd love to do theater."
- Brenda Blethyn
(Related: Love, Lies, London, Secrets, Theater)

"I had studied theater for three years in London when someone suggested me for the role."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: London, Theater, Years)

"I write for an audience that likes what I like, reads what I read, thinks about the things I think about. In many ways, this puts me in opposition to the people who go to the theater generally."
- Eric Bogosian
(Related: People, Opposition, Theater)

"Performance art can involve the audience with taste, smell and sounds not available with electronic media and not practical with conventional theater. This is due to the usually small audience."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Art, Performance, Media, Taste, Theater)

"All good performance pieces have some philosophical validity. That's the difference between mere theater and performance art."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Art, Performance, Difference, Theater, Validity)

"I would love to be in musical theater and be on Broadway. If someone were to offer me a position to do something like that, I wouldnt pass it down. Im a huge fan of musicals and I really want to do that."
- Michelle Branch
(Related: Love, Theater, Want)

"In some European theaters, it's still not uncommon to have a late start and three LONG intermissions, because people actually eat and drink and converse during the intermissions."
- Joe Bob Briggs
(Related: People)

"Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema."
- James Broughton
(Related: Work, Cinema, Theater)

"Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies - as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater."
- James Broughton
(Related: Movies, Dance, Drama, Theater)

"I had a toy theater and a magic lantern, and when I was eight I built a stage for theatricals in the attic."
- James Broughton
(Related: Magic, Theater)

"And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts."
- James Broughton
(Related: Vision, Acting, Shakespeare, Theater, World)

"My college degree was in theater. But the real reason, if I have any success in that milieu, so to speak, is because I spent a lot of years directing, I spent a lot of years behind the camera."
- Alton Brown
(Related: Success, College, Reason, Theater, Years)

"The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent."
- Robert Brustein
(Related: Talent, Theater)

"Broadway has changed tremendously from the early days when the shows were referred to as musical comedies. Musical Theater is now a more expanded art form. Back then, singer/actors were not the norm. From the 60's to now, it is necessary to do it all to be a consummate Broadway performer."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Art, Now, Theater)

"It's nice because working in England I'm know for working in television and theater when you get a chance to come out, it is quite fun to be out from behind the mask. You need to let people know who you are."
- Jeremy Bulloch
(Related: People, Chance, EnglFun, Television, Theater)

"I love doing this day, and George was exactly as he's always been, very calm and very gentle, and if I'm in the final cut in the summer theater, I'll be thrilled. If I'm not, well that's the way things go."
- Jeremy Bulloch
(Related: Love, Day, Summer, Theater)

"I want to do theater and I am looking forward to doing more Television and Movies. I also want to direct some plays in theater workshops for people with disabilities."
- Chris Burke
(Related: Movies, People, Television, Theater, Want)

"It's really hard to say how long the show will last and will continue. I hope it lasts for a very long time. As long as kids watch it, anyway. But beyond this, sure, I would love to be doing film. I'd love to be doing more theater and perhaps even writing."
- Steve Burns
(Related: Love, Time, Hope, Film, Kids, Theater, Will, Writing)

"Today's restaurant is theater on a grand scale."
- Marian Burros
(Related: Theater, Today)

"I don't know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies."
- Tim Burton
(Related: Movies)

"I wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid, but I started doing theater in high school because it was a requirement. At first, I was completely irritated. But I ended up loving it."
- Sophia Bush
(Related: First, School, Theater)

"I was a total education geek. I loved school. I loved learning. I loved doing homework. All of my books and notebooks from high school are underlined and highlighted and there are notes all over the margins. And you know, I was a theater kid too. I was all over the place."
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Education, Books, Learning, School, Theater)

"I had one of the best days of my life. I spent the afternoon with my two kids and my ex-wife at Serendipity. Then I came to the theater, and you know, I think I did the play the best I've ever done it."
- Gabriel Byrne
(Related: Life, Kids, Play, Theater)

"To me, theater is the mecca; if you really love to act, that's where it's the most fun, by a long shot."
- Scott Caan
(Related: Love, Act, Fun, Theater)

"You come in off the street, through the doors of the theater. You sit down. The lights go down and the curtain goes up. And you're in another world."
- Robert Caro
(Related: Theater, World)

"I seemed to belong to three countries: I had an apartment in Paris, a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall, I moved to London."
- Leslie Caron
(Related: Hollywood, London, Paris, Theater)

"I absolutely want to have a career where you make'em laugh and make'em cry. It's all theater."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Career, Theater, Want)

"I think the wonderful thing about doing theater is that it's more of an actor's medium. I think that film is more of a director's medium. You can't edit something out on stage. It's there."
- Kim Cattrall
(Related: Actor, Film, Theater)

"As soon as I read that, it clicked: that's my theater of war. It was exciting to think that I could write about World War Two from a totally new place."
- Michael Chabon
(Related: War, Theater, World, World war)

"I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more."
- Marc Chagall
(Related: Marriage, Love, Soul, Theater, Will)

"No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Life, Duty, Loyalty, Theater)

"I had a brief theater background and loved the backstage world there's more backstage work in television, so I saw a job advertised and applied, and got it. That was back in 1977, when getting jobs was easy."
- Lee Child
(Related: Work, Job, Jobs, Television, Theater, World)

"I don't like sitting around in my dressing room very much. It feels a lot like theater."
- Jill Clayburgh
(Related: Theater)

"Theaters are great. They're designed to sound good, not for basketball."
- Les Claypool
(Related: Basketball, Sound)

"My favorite venues are the 2,000 seat theaters, like the Warfield. If there was a Warfield in every city, I would play it. That's all I would do. I love venues like that."
- Les Claypool
(Related: Love, Favorite, Play)

"There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theater actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on."
- George Clooney
(Related: God, Actors, Film, Order, Reality, Theater)

"I do it because I love acting, I love working, and whether it's radio, television, films, theater, I don't care as long as I can get out there and do it."
- Joan Collins
(Related: Love, Acting, Care, Television, Theater)

"I love working in the theater."
- Didi Conn
(Related: Love, Theater)

"Well, all I can say is thank goodness I had 15 years of theater before ever I did film roles. You build technique that you can rely on."
- Chris Cooper
(Related: Film, Goodness, Theater, Years)

"I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Work, Father, Brother, Literature, Theater)

"I had been a kid that moved so much, I didn't have a lot of friends. Theater really represented camaraderie."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Friends, Theater)

"In a sense I feel very much a part of the cinema now in a way where when I come back to the theater now I feel like a visitor. The cinema is really what I enjoy. I want to do more independent movies."
- Brian Cox
(Related: Movies, Cinema, Now, Sense, Theater, Want)

"I joined Tommy Dorsey at the Paramount Theater in New York as a singer. I replaced Frank Sinatra."
- Ken Curtis
(Related: Theater)

"Every week it's another opportunity to really make that work and figure out how to make it work better. And I love that it's like theater, too, and the audience, and it's so short. It's only 20 minutes. It's like a haiku or something."
- Joan Cusack
(Related: Love, Work, Opportunity, Theater)

"I have so much respect for people in the theater. You can't do 10 or 15 takes. It's all live. It's like life in motion."
- Puff Daddy
(Related: Life, People, Respect, Theater)

"I'm obviously very keen on the theater and I think it's inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber pieces have got dramatic elements which might even suggest an unspecified dramatic plot of some kind or other, even though it's not in my mind at the time."
- Peter Maxwell Davies
(Related: Time, Mind, Theater)

"The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Art, Drama, May, Theater)

"I love theater."
- Kristin Davis
(Related: Love, Theater)

"I met the Colonel when Elvis was recording some song I'd written for one of his movies. Elvis was just having fun with the gang and all the Memphis boys and Colonel Parker was sitting over here in like a theater seat."
- Mac Davis
(Related: Movies, Boys, Fun, Song, Theater)

"People who are powerless make an open theater of violence."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: People, Open, Theater, Violence)

"I was always talking in weird voices from the time I was two. I guess I just found a way to keep doing it! I did get a degree in theater and took some voice-over classes... but most of it is just the same stuff I was doing as a kid!"
- Grey DeLisle
(Related: Time, Talking, Theater, Voice)

"The Lord Chamberlin was censoring scripts when I first came into the theater."
- Judi Dench
(Related: First, Theater)

"The theater is the thing I love doing most."
- Judi Dench
(Related: Love, Theater)

"I've always loved film more than theater."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Film, Theater)

"I was raised in New York City and raised in the New York City theater world. My father was a theater director and an acting teacher, and it was not uncommon for me to have long discussions about the method and what the various different processes were to finding a character and exploring character and realizing that character."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Father, Character, Acting, Theater, World)

"I jump at any chance to go back into theater."
- Taye Diggs
(Related: Chance, Theater)

"In the middle 1940s... I heard everyone live. Painting, the theater; everything was happening. It was an exciting time when New York was the place to be."
- Bill Dixon
(Related: Time, Painting, Theater)

"I would love to do more movies. I'd like to get into some theater, too, if I could, just to learn more. I want to do gritty performances that I'm proud of. It doesn't matter to me if four people see it or millions of people see it, as long as I perform in such a way that people go, 'Wow!'"
- Jason Dohring
(Related: Love, Movies, People, Theater, Want)

"The atmosphere of the theater is my oxygen."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Theater)

"No, I knew when I was doing theater in New York that this was what I was supposed to be doing."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Theater)

"I've always wanted to do theater in Chicago. Chicago is a big theater town-and, in some ways, I think this city is savvier and smarter than New York. Sometimes, I think it's a little too chic to go to theater in New York these days."
- Jeffrey Donovan
(Related: Chicago, Theater)

"Actually, I didn't like Dartmouth very much, but the whole theater scene I really liked."
- Rachel Dratch
(Related: Theater)

"I decided at age 9, but I was reinforced at age 13 when a teacher told me I had talent. I can't say she really motivated me because I already knew. I knew I had talent. I went to the Jewish community theater and got in plays there. Then I went for the movies.'"
- Richard Dreyfuss
(Related: Age, Movies, Talent, Community, Theater)

"In some movies you feel like you're a very small part of a huge machine. Whereas in the theater you can have a very small part, but you can still feel the weight and the gravity of it. Given the nature of theater, it's a more concentrated and quiet experience."
- Minnie Driver
(Related: Experience, Movies, Nature, Gravity, Machine, Quiet, Theater, Weight)

"I like the theater enormously, but I truly love films - the whole bizarre, boring process that it can be."
- Minnie Driver
(Related: Love, Bizarre, Theater)

"When I first started acting, I started in opera and had a great desire to play grand, tragic characters. I got sidetracked in musical theater and ended up doing a lot of comedy."
- Leslie Easterbrook
(Related: Acting, Comedy, Desire, First, Opera, Play, Theater)

"I've been doing musical theater since I was a kid. And look for a CD from me in the future. I want to write all the songs!"
- Zac Efron
(Related: Future, Theater, Want)

"I wore goofy hats to school and did musical theater. Most people thought I was a dork. But if you have a sense of humor about it, no one can bring you down."
- Zac Efron
(Related: Humor, Thought, People, School, Sense, Theater)

"I grew up in Queens and New Jersey. I started doing children's theater when I was seven to get out of school because I didn't fit in."
- Jesse Eisenberg
(Related: Children, School, Theater)

"Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects?"
- Sergei Eisenstein
(Related: Ideas, Cinema, Language, Now, Painting, Theater)

"I became an actor by doing school plays and youth theaters, and then National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. And then I did study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. For me that was a good way to enter the field, to work in the theater."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Music, Work, Actor, London, School, Study, Theater, Theatre, Youth)

"Depending on what your interest in theater is, I always recommend working on plays. It's a great way to be introduced to the field, and also a great way to be seen by agents and representation. I'm also a great advocate for studying acting at a drama school or a college."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Acting, College, Drama, Interest, School, Theater)

"Playing in front of an audience was just such a turn-on for me, and you have 200 people in the audience and it's like doing live theater. And filming something that goes to millions of people several weeks later, it's an interesting dynamic."
- Jenna Elfman
(Related: People, Theater)

"I had never done any theater in high school, which actually worked to my benefit. I didn't develop any bad habits."
- David James Elliott
(Related: Habits, School, Theater)

"The only way to ensure a film is going to sell is put Will Smith in it and you open it in 3,000 theaters and make sure we have all the top promotional spots in each venue."
- Omar Epps
(Related: Film, Open, Will)

"Magneto has a whole lot of complexity to him. Emotionally, he's coming from a very damaged place. I like the ambivalence of it. I want the audience leaving the theater wondering, asking the questions themselves rather than being spoon-fed like a lot of these super-villain characters."
- Michael Fassbender
(Related: Being, Complexity, Questions, Theater, Want)

"The Academy Awards ceremony is designed to be without irony, but Chris Rock supplied it anyway with filmed movie-theater interviews with black men and women who had never heard of the movies nominated for Best Picture."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Men, Movies, Women, Awards, Ceremony, Irony)

"The old studios that mass-produced dreams are gone with the wind, just like the old downtown theaters that were the temples of the dreams."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Dreams, Old, Wind)

"People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater."
- Minnie Maddern Fiske
(Related: Art, Music, People, Literature, Painting, Question, Taste, Theater, Understanding)

"This is an age of specialization, and in such an age the repertory theater is an anachronism, a ludicrous anachronism."
- Minnie Maddern Fiske
(Related: Age, Theater)

"Live television drama was like live theater, because you moved without thinking about the camera. It followed you around. In film you have to be more aware of what the camera is doing."
- Louise Fletcher
(Related: Drama, Film, Television, Theater, Thinking)

"I really would rather have gone to New York, since all my training had been in theater, but I didn't have the guts to go there alone. I knew only one person in New York, and that was a man. What I needed was a woman. That's the way Southern girls thought."
- Louise Fletcher
(Related: Thought, Girls, Man, Theater, Training, Woman)

"I had all the normal interests - I played basketball and I headed the school paper. But I also developed very early a great love for music and literature and the theater."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Love, Music, Basketball, Literature, School, Theater)

"If an American audience is given a serious musical theater piece that is well produced, dramatically gripping and wonderfully acted, they'll respond to it."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: American, Theater)

"Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi was having the actors stare right into the audience."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Actors, Now, Right, Theater)

"If I wasn't in the theater, I would be a hermit."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Theater)

"As I told you, from the time I was fifteen, I thought the theater was too much involved with actors trying to make the audience love them, being over emotional."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Love, Time, Thought, Actors, Being, Theater, Trying)

"The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It's got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot."
- Michael J. Fox
(Related: People, Night, Theater)

"As much as we love playing the small clubs, we'd really like to get ourselves in front of a larger audience. I'm not talking about arenas or anything, but nice theaters and larger clubs."
- Chris Frantz
(Related: Love, Talking)

"When I was doing theater, I was very successful at believing that I was great, God's gift to the theater."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: God, Successful, Theater)

"When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I'd discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theater."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Music, School, Theater)

"I'm constantly watching people. Watching their strengths and weaknesses. I find myself going into theater less and less, let alone horror. I gave that up when I was seven or eight years old."
- Jonathan Frid
(Related: People, Horror, Old, Theater, Years)

"I've been doing my big theater projects, which take years, and writing a song here and there."
- David Friedman
(Related: Projects, Song, Theater, Writing, Years)

"The original Mickey Mouse Club, established in the '30s, was designed to attract children to movie theaters."
- Annette Funicello
(Related: Children, Mouse)

"I live halfway between reality and theater at all times. And I was born this way."
- Lady Gaga
(Related: Reality, Theater)

"I was a ballet dancer and that kind of bled into musical theater. I was constantly in rehearsal for one thing or another."
- Jennifer Garner
(Related: Ballet, Theater)

"I did theater at Carnegie, and in Pittsburgh and New York."
- Laura San Giacomo
(Related: Theater)

"I'm set to have my best year ever: I'm hiring some acts and there will be a show in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. I'm going to use my theater to its fullest potential."
- Mickey Gilley
(Related: Evening, Hiring, Potential, Theater, Will)

"I'm someone who believes the only way to see a movie is in a big theater, on a big screen, with a big bag of popcorn."
- Dan Glickman
(Related: Theater)

"The only way to see a movie is in a big theater, on a big screen, with a big bag of popcorn."
- Dan Glickman
(Related: Theater)

"The last thing in the world I should have done was go into the theater because was inordinately shy as a young man. I couldn't open my mouth. At a party, I was the one stuck up against the wall. I was embarrassed about talking. I felt that I couldn't talk well."
- Gale Gordon
(Related: Man, Open, Party, Talk, Talking, Theater, World)

"I think anybody who has been in the theater, prefers it. Television is a... factory. You turn out things on a revolving assembly line. You don't have time to perfect anything in television."
- Gale Gordon
(Related: Time, Television, Theater)

"Actors didn't use to be celebrities. A hundred years ago, they put the theaters next to the brothels."
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Related: Actors, Years)

"We were at the Schubert Theater for two years. And we were the first act."
- Eydie Gorme
(Related: Act, First, Theater, Years)

"Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place."
- Martha Graham
(Related: Act, Theater)

"I had met a young lady who wanted to be in the theater. It was Judy Holliday. She had somehow fallen down the steps of the Village Vanguard, which still exists today."
- Adolph Green
(Related: Lady, Theater, Today)

"You have to transmit to them what it's like being in the theater. And it has to come from somewhere inside you and not by being like what somebody did last year."
- Adolph Green
(Related: Being, Theater)

"The real theater of the sex war is the domestic hearth."
- Germaine Greer
(Related: War, Sex, Sex war, Theater)

"Journalism as theater is what TV news is."
- Thomas Griffith
(Related: Journalism, News, Theater)

"When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside, and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Mob, Open, Theater)

"I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that's coming up in New York City."
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Related: Music, Theater)

"Music is very influential to my writing, as are theater and film."
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Related: Music, Film, Theater, Writing)

"Music, art, theater. I'm just a big fan of beauty."
- Jerry Hall
(Related: Beauty, Art, Music, Theater)

"I love doing theater so much - being in front of an audience and seeing how a character grows and develops with every performance."
- Jerry Hall
(Related: Love, Character, Performance, Being, Theater)

"I have done a lot of theater."
- Jerry Hall
(Related: Theater)

"Whoever becomes the head of the National Theater finds himself in a position like that of Nelson's Column - pigeons dump on you because you're there."
- Peter Hall
(Related: Pigeons, Theater)

"I read and watch movies. I can't go to the movie theater much anymore, though, because I get recognized. It's worse sometimes if I wear a costume and try not to get recognized. I watch most of my films on airplanes."
- Ayumi Hamasaki
(Related: Movies, Airplanes, Theater)

"In the theater, it's about taking time in a musical segment, a pause in a musical way and then moving on."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Time, Theater)

"In theater, you have a rehearsal period and you know just who to be."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Theater)

"God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It's a way of expressing our humanity."
- Julie Harris
(Related: God, Ballet, Humanity, Painting, Play, Theater)

"So I've done my fair share of theater. I have also been very fortunate in that I've been able to come to New York two or three times a year just to see as many shows as possible. I think the live theater culture here is incredible."
- Neil Patrick Harris
(Related: Culture, Theater)

"I had done a lot of plays, particularly at my own theater in LA, and it was the first time in my theatrical life where I didn't feel that my role was also to keep everybody else working hard."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: Life, Time, First, Theater)

"Charity in the theater begins and ends with those who have a play opening within a week of one's own."
- Moss Hart
(Related: Charity, Play, Theater)

"The talent that I was blessed with was really for the theater."
- David Hasselhoff
(Related: Talent, Theater)

"Before we had the kids, my husband and I were traveling a lot and working and really enjoying our lives and each other. We both love the theater and books and travel and so we were really having a lot of fun."
- Patricia Heaton
(Related: Love, Travel, HusbBooks, Fun, Kids, Theater, Traveling)

"And I started as a journalism major at Ohio State, ended up in theater and I love to read."
- Patricia Heaton
(Related: Love, Journalism, State, Theater)

"Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty."
- Lillian Hellman
(Related: Failure, Theater, Writing)

"I'm trying to bring a new generation into the musical theater and to create a new audience."
- Jerry Herman
(Related: Theater, Trying)

"I don't want the kind of theater that I love and grew up seeing to die out."
- Jerry Herman
(Related: Love, Theater, Want)

"Let's put it this way: art house theaters are vanishing. They have almost disappeared completely, and that means there's a shift in what audiences want to see. And they have to be aware of that and be realistic. It's as simple as that."
- Werner Herzog
(Related: Art, Audiences, Want)

"I thought theater people wouldn't see me if I hadn't trained. I didn't want to just be the Brideshead guy, to spend the rest of my life wearing waistcoats. I got the chance to try everything. Not just Romeos, but pimps and grandfathers and even one role as a woman in a Naomi Wallace play called Slaughter City."
- Tom Hiddleston
(Related: Life, Thought, People, Chance, Play, Rest, Theater, Want, Woman)

"Well, really the way worked was that I had probably built fifty robots before Mystery Science Theater, and I had sold them in a store in Minneapolis in a store called Props, which was kind of a high end gift shop."
- Joel Hodgson
(Related: Science, End, Mystery, Theater)

"A lot of the shows that really become hit shows are often demonstrated, like Mystery Science Theater."
- Joel Hodgson
(Related: Science, Mystery, Theater)

"Mystery Science Theater is really a postmodern show, it's really derived of many influences."
- Joel Hodgson
(Related: Science, Mystery, Theater)

"I work constantly but I work at a lot of different things. You know, I run a theater company in New York, I direct plays, act in plays, in movies, so I try to keep it eclectic."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Work, Movies, Act, Company, Theater)

"Sometimes I have a great day of filming and sometimes the theater strikes me better. It just depends."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Day, Theater)

"My love for the theater has always been a priority. That hasn't changed. I got into acting that way. The film work that came up was really a surprise."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Love, Work, Acting, Film, Theater)

"Well, I'm half Australian, half English and I live in London. That is the only reason I came upon this story. My Australian mother, Meredith Hooper, was invited in late 2007 by some Australian friends to make up a token Australian audience in a tiny fringe theater play reading of an unproduced, unrehearsed play called 'The King's Speech.'"
- Tom Hooper
(Related: Mother, English, Friends, London, Play, Reading, Reason, Speech, Theater)

"I was probably never going to get to do the kind of things dramatically that I really wanted to do, so I returned to theater from time to time, and to write, and produce. It's by no means sour grapes."
- Larry Hovis
(Related: Time, Theater)

"I used to stand outside the theater knowing the truant officer was looking for me. I would stand there 'til someone came along and then ask them to buy my ticket."
- Moe Howard
(Related: Theater)

"What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending."
- William Dean Howells
(Related: American, Ending, Public, Theater, Tragedy)

"I was obsessed with romance. When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater."
- John Hughes
(Related: Romance, Day, School, Theater)

"The perfection in theater is that it's over the second it's done."
- William Hurt
(Related: Perfection, Theater)

"More than anything, people want the reality of the discussion at hand. If what is going on in that building is the real thing, if the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ is being experienced, you can sit on a metal folding chair or in a plush theater seat."
- Bill Hybels
(Related: Love, Power, People, Being, Building, Christ, Reality, Theater, Want)

"Thirty years ago, we were in a movie theater and thought it was so cool because we were finally delivered from the horrors of stained glass and wooden pews."
- Bill Hybels
(Related: Thought, Theater, Years)

"Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater."
- William Ralph Inge
(Related: Life, Hope, Reflection, Theater)

"Now in my theater training I showed no aptitude at all."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Now, Theater, Training)

"I liked the theater. I liked the people. I liked the time that we worked."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Time, People, Theater)

"An acting assistant stage manager in a theater in Canterbury, a rep theater. A small wage but just enough to get by on, and I made props and I walked on, and I changed scenery, and I realized that I just loved it."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Manager, Acting, Theater, Wage)

"I thought that my movie career was finished. I was quite happy to dedicate myself 100% to the theater. Surprisingly enough, I've never gotten so many work offers. It's so exciting, this feeling of a new beginning after 40."
- Amy Irving
(Related: Work, Thought, Beginning, Career, Feeling, Theater)

"Because I wanted to have a place that I could create everything that I that I never had as a child. So, you see rides. You see animals. There's a movie theater."
- Michael Jackson
(Related: Animals, Theater)

"Sir Larry could be very strict and a disciplinarian, too. He had many faces; he wore many hats. But, ultimately, he loved the theater and he loved actors."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Actors, Faces, Theater)

"They were totally supportive, always saw everything I did. One of the thrills of my life was when they went to the theater to see something that I wasn't in. It opened doors for them that otherwise would have been totally closed."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Life, Theater)

"My dad had a movie theater so I was there every night."
- Brion James
(Related: Dad, Night, Theater)

"Most of my career up until the last couple of years has basically been a training ground for me. Actors that came up in the '50s and '60s, they had the theater, and television was in its infancy."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Actors, Career, Television, Theater, Training, Years)

"Soon I worked during twelve years in theater works of the prestigious Theatre National Populaire. It was the best time of my life, the most difficult, the most interesting, the most exciting."
- Maurice Jarre
(Related: Time, Life, Theater, Theatre, Years)

"The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character."
- Alfred Jarry
(Related: Life, Character, Conflict, Theater)

"The theater of the mind is impossible to compete with, and I like the idea that with a few suggestions, each reader forms in his or her own mind what a character or a place looks like."
- Jerry B. Jenkins
(Related: Idea, Character, Mind, Theater)

"I spent 10 years in New York doing theater."
- Kristen Johnston
(Related: Theater, Years)

"I've always just gone with the best role, and I don't care if it's in theater, film or television."
- Kristen Johnston
(Related: Care, Film, Television, Theater)

"I was preparing myself for the theater, and... I got a little job here and a job there, but it wasn't going well, and I considered some time before the mid-60s that maybe I should consider something else."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Time, Job, Theater)

"You weren't going to the theater to change the world, but you had a chance to affect the world, the thinking and the feelings of the world."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Change, Feelings, Chance, Theater, Thinking, World)

"When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved dance and fencing and speech classes and history of theater, all that."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: History, Dance, Acting, American, Army, Speech, Theater, Years)

"I happened to happened to land in a time, in the middle '60s, that without knowing it, and without being told by the history of theater - which we now see from a historical point of view was an explosive time."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: History, Time, Being, Land, Now, Theater)

"I was inspired by a lot of people when I was young. Every band that came through town, to the theater, or the dance hall. I was at every dance, every night club, listened to every band that came through, because in those days we didn't have MTV, we didn't have television."
- Quincy Jones
(Related: People, Dance, Night, Television, Theater)

"I've had three novels published, and I was working a little bit in theater in Ireland. I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: Film, Ireland, Theater)

"I knew there was something special about the theater for me something beyond the regular reality, something that I could get into and transcend and become something other than myself."
- Raul Julia
(Related: Reality, Theater)

"Thank God for the theater."
- Raul Julia
(Related: God, Theater)

"I'll see you at the theater tonight. I'll hold your seat til you get there. After that you're on your own."
- Bert Kalmar
(Related: Theater)

"People who are interested in the arts and theater are such a minority."
- Carol Kane
(Related: People, Minority, Theater)

"Because of my background in theater and radio acting, I knew that I could make a living as an actor."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Acting, Actor, Living, Theater)

"My mother is an actress, and she used to drag me from theater to theater and reading to reading."
- Alicia Keys
(Related: Mother, Reading, Theater)

"It was very natural for me to want to disappear into dark theater, I am really very shy. That is something that people never seem to fully grasp because, when you are an actor, you are meant to be an exhibitionist."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: People, Actor, Theater, Want)

"I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence, and the theater you like has more to do with language."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Cinema, Language, Silence, Theater)

"I'd also like to do a play. I've never done theater, and constantly changing and refining a performance is something I'd like to do, even though it may sound like work to some people - and it probably is work."
- Nastassja Kinski
(Related: Work, People, Performance, May, Play, Sound, Theater)

"Live theater to me is much more free than the movies or television."
- Eartha Kitt
(Related: Movies, Television, Theater)

"My goal was not to be famous or rich but to be good at what I did. And that required going to New York and studying and working in the theater."
- Shirley Knight
(Related: Goal, Famous, Theater)

"I moved to LA and decided to do films and television, mainly because the theater in New York is totally dead."
- Shirley Knight
(Related: Television, Theater)

"Film actors reach a certain level, but they don't get beyond it unless they work in the theater."
- Shirley Knight
(Related: Work, Actors, Film, Theater)

"We used to play in a theater club in London called The King's Head. When the theater let nut, around 10:00 P.M., we'd be ready to go and really get it on for about an hour or so."
- Mark Knopfler
(Related: London, Play, Theater)

"I believe that my art gets across the point that I'm in this morality theater trying to help the underdog, and I'm speaking socially here, showing concern and making psychological and philosophical statements for the underdog."
- Jeff Koons
(Related: Art, Morality, Concern, Help, Theater, Trying)

"When you go to the theater, if you're really involved in the play, you don't think about it - you're in it."
- William Kraft
(Related: Play, Theater)

"Well I'm not much of a singer. But it's been a really nice time to do film, television, theater and have it all happening at once. That wasn't planned but it just happens."
- Peter Krause
(Related: Time, Film, Television, Theater)

"With In the Company of Men, the misogynist label stuck early and firmly. In the end, it probably did hurt the film a bit, because getting women into the theaters was difficult."
- Neil LaBute
(Related: Women, Company, End, Film, Hurt)

"As long as my pictures go into theaters and we ask people to pay to see what I do on the screen, I should not object if customers want to know what kind of man I am."
- Alan Ladd
(Related: People, Man, Want)

"Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you've got to be wise enough to know when to leave."
- Richard Lamm
(Related: Politics, Theater)

"When I was about seven, I started touring the globe as part of New York's La MaMa theater company - without my parents!"
- Diane Lane
(Related: Company, Theater)

"Look, I'm 40, I'm single, and I work in musical theater - you do the math!"
- Nathan Lane
(Related: Work, Theater)

"The theater is magical and addictive."
- Angela Lansbury
(Related: Theater)

"I don't think about going back to the theater."
- Angela Lansbury
(Related: Theater)

"I'll eventually go back to theater because the feeling of being on stage where you have the audience right there, you can't replace that with anything."
- Sanaa Lathan
(Related: Being, Feeling, Right, Theater)

"We do a lot of shows for young people who have probably never been to the theater before and they are learning about the Holocaust, which unhappily, many of them do not know about."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: People, Learning, Theater)

"Our only competition in the theater is boredom, because if I'm bored with a play, if I'm revolted by a play on stage, with the Broadway prices, especially today, I'm going to walk out and not come back and pay that price again."
- Jerome Lawrence
(Related: Boredom, Competition, Play, Theater, Today)

"You must not demand the failure of your peers, because the more good things that are around in film, in television, in theater - why the better it is for all of us."
- Jerome Lawrence
(Related: Failure, Film, Television, Theater)

"Like Afghanistan before it, Iraq is only one theater in a regional war. We were attacked by a network of terrorist organizations supported by several countries, of whom the most important were Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia."
- Michael Ledeen
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Countries, Iraq, Network, Theater)

"Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism."
- Alan Jay Lerner
(Related: Criticism, Theater)

"The difference - the fundamental difference between theater acting and film acting is that film acting is disjunctive."
- James Lipton
(Related: Acting, Difference, Film, Theater)

"When you end a successful sitcom, the most sensible thing to do is go back to the theater."
- John Lithgow
(Related: Successful, End, Theater)

"Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret, West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences. They send you out of the theater filled with music."
- John Lithgow
(Related: Music, Theater)

"Ultimately, it has been a struggle- but I was in Minneapolis and Austin a couple of weeks ago, sitting in theaters with complete strangers watching this weird movie that Kirk and I thought up and I was excited to be making film."
- Donal Logue
(Related: Thought, Film, Strangers, Struggle)

"Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it."
- Al Lopez
(Related: Business, Life, Love, Baseball, Man, Old, Theater)

"I think every actor should go back and do theater periodically."
- Chad Lowe
(Related: Actor, Theater)

"I believe that the story is the most important element of any medium whether it's theater, film, TV."
- Chad Lowe
(Related: Film, Theater)

"A theater person should know what holds an audience and what does not."
- Robert Ludlum
(Related: Theater)

"The theater is a tough place. It's not cushioned the way it is in film and television."
- Patti LuPone
(Related: Film, Television, Theater)

"Anybody that goes to the theater, I think we're all misfits, so we ended up on stage or in the audience."
- Patti LuPone
(Related: Theater)

"Television has some lovely aspects to it - and some ghastly aspects - but the theater itself was a wonderful invention."
- Patrick Macnee
(Related: Invention, Television, Theater)

"And I'm in favor of that because I have a gay son, who's a very successful theater designer."
- Robert MacNeil
(Related: Son, Successful, Gay, Theater)

"I think theater is powerful. The best experiences I had in the theater are more powerful than the best experiences I had in movies."
- William H. Macy
(Related: Movies, Theater)

"Every time I go to the theater, there's something about the atmosphere, seeing something unfold live in front of an audience, that you can't get out of your system."
- John Madden
(Related: Time, Theater)

"I came to America to become an architect. And somewhere along the line while I was still in school, I was lured into theater, and that's how I became interested in theater. My first play was something called "A Banquet for the Moon." It was a weird play."
- Mako
(Related: America, First, Moon, Play, School, Theater)

"I'm supposed to be a pretty good theater actor."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Actor, Pretty, Theater)

"I wouldn't say anything I ever did in film would be something I'd use the word proud about. I've done better work in the theater."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Work, Film, Theater, Word)

"Movie theaters still exist in spite of all of the alternatives that are available, video and video-on-demand and DVD and streaming video and all of these things."
- Leonard Maltin
"The shows at the Hilton are the most exciting shows I've ever done. The stage is huge, but the theater is intimate, so we can have a magnificent production and still connect with the audience."
- Barry Manilow
(Related: Production, Theater)

"You go to a theater now and you literally see parents watching the movie and they suddenly cover their kid's ears. I figured I'd make one movie where they didn't have to do this."
- Garry Marshall
(Related: Now, Parents, Theater)

"I made theater very important in the beginning of my career."
- Marcello Mastroianni
(Related: Beginning, Career, Theater)

"Theater actors like to change character roles. They don't like to always do the same thing."
- Marcello Mastroianni
(Related: Change, Character, Actors, Theater)

"A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater."
- Christy Mathewson
(Related: First, Spring, Theater, Training, Woman)

"The theater is the only branch of art much cared for by people of wealth; like canasta, it does away with the brother of talk after dinner."
- Mary McCarthy
(Related: Art, Brother, People, Wealth, Talk, Theater)

"I'm hoping that word-of-mouth on the film - people seeing it and liking it - that that will drive more people to the theaters, because I haven't seen the billboards or the posters or anything."
- Craig McCracken
(Related: People, Film, Will, Word)

"I had such extraordinary breaks from the moment I entered the theater."
- Dorothy McGuire
(Related: Theater)

"Toward the end of school I started watching movies. Got a job in a movie theater in Brookline, Massachusetts."
- Jim McKay
(Related: Movies, End, Job, School, Theater)

"Macbeth is a very popular play with audiences. If you want to sell out a theater, just mount a production of Macbeth. It's a short play, it's an exciting play, it's easy to understand, and it attracts great acting."
- Ian McKellen
(Related: Acting, Audiences, Play, Popular, Production, Theater, Want)

"Socrates didn't care to visit the theater, as a rule, except when the plays of Euripides (which some think, he himself had helped to compose), were performed."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Care, Theater, Visit)

"Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Home, Living, London, Now, Running, Theater, Want)

"Actors get pigeonholed very quickly, particularly movie actors. In the theater, one is more used to casting people against type and trusting that their talent and skill will get them through."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Talent, People, Actors, Skill, Theater, Will)

"I think movies are a director's medium in the end. Theater is the actor's medium. Theater is fast, and enjoyable, and truly rewarding. I believe in great live performance."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Movies, Performance, Actor, End, Theater)

"I attend surprisingly few shows. The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me."
- Ethel Merman
(Related: Popular, Theater, Today)

"There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions."
- Ethel Merman
(Related: Discipline, Inventions, Theater)

"Theater people are always pining and agonizing because they're afraid that they'll be forgotten. And in America they're quite right. They will be."
- Agnes de Mille
(Related: People, America, Right, Theater, Will)

"The problem was to sustain at any cost the feeling you had in the theater that you were watching a real person, yes, but an intense condensation of his experience, not simply a realistic series of episodes."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: Experience, Feeling, Theater)

"The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: Life, Theater)

"I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: End, May, Theater)

"I think now that the great thing is not so much the formulation of an answer for myself, for the theater, or the play-but rather the most accurate possible statement of the problem."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: Now, Play, Theater)

"In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: Quotation, Theater)

"I was trained as a neurologist, and then I went into the theater, and if you're brought up to think of yourself as a biological scientist of some sort, pretty well everything else seems frivolous by comparison."
- Jonathan Miller
(Related: Pretty, Theater)

"If ever I feel I might be able to tackle it, I'd love to try holding a spear or something in the theater, or opening a door, or anything, just to try it, you know, because it must be some marvelous magic thing."
- Hayley Mills
(Related: Love, Magic, Theater)

"Do some work in the theater if you can. It is the best training you can get."
- Juliet Mills
(Related: Work, Theater, Training)

"I started out to be a painter and was born into the theater."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Theater)

"I had given up the theater and everything propelled me into entertainment. And I didn't resist it."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Entertainment, Theater)

"After that, I started going downtown and doing a lot of theater shows in Chicago. When you go downtown there, it's like you're in New York, it's like going to Broadway."
- Kel Mitchell
(Related: Chicago, Theater)

"I did a lot of theater in the South side of Chicago."
- Kel Mitchell
(Related: Chicago, Theater)

"I began thinking I would do musical theater because in high school that was really the only sort of curriculum they had as far as getting onstage and doing anything that anybody would see. So that's what I did."
- Gretchen Mol
(Related: Curriculum, School, Theater, Thinking)

"I've been acting for 25 years, living out of suitcases on theater tours or film locations."
- Alfred Molina
(Related: Acting, Film, Living, Theater, Years)

"I just like the continue doing what I've been doing. A melange of funny, straight drama, television, movies, a little theater here and there wouldn't hurt. So if I can keep doing that, I'll be a very happy person."
- Mary Tyler Moore
(Related: Funny, Movies, Drama, Hurt, Television, Theater)

"Miramax can buy a small independent movie that isn't very good, but because it has great relationships with different theaters, it can get into a big theater."
- Marguerite Moreau
(Related: Relationships, Theater)

"With my background, I came out of the theater."
- Joe Morton
(Related: Theater)

"Film and television is just a different technique in terms of how to approach the camera but basically the job is the same; but what you learn as a craft in theater, you can then learn to translate that into any mediums."
- Joe Morton
(Related: Film, Job, Television, Theater)

"Normally our season is seven weeks in the Drama Theatre and four weeks in the Opera Theater."
- Graeme Murphy
(Related: Drama, Opera, Theater, Theatre)

"It's not enough for me to cover theater, I have to throw myself around every other art form, and do so thoroughly and relentlessly."
- Michael Musto
(Related: Art, Theater)

"In '75, the year both A Chorus Line and Chicago hit Broadway, my head spun around and I became the ultimate theater queen for life."
- Michael Musto
(Related: Life, Chicago, Queen, Theater)

"So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater."
- George Jean Nathan
(Related: May, Pretty, Theater, Undertakers)

"In the commercial theater, I've been pretty fortunate. The producers that I've worked with have allowed me to define the artistic integrity, the artistic limits of the work."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Work, Integrity, Limits, Pretty, Theater)

"So, through all that early professional career I would occasionally do a musical, a pantomime or a play with songs. The next stop would be a Shakespeare, or an Ibsen, or a play by a brand new writer who had never done anything in the theater before."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Career, Play, Shakespeare, Songs, Theater, Writer)

"When I was 13 years old, a professional theater company in my town needed a kid actor. I auditioned, and I got the part, so for just a few weeks I became a member of the company and I met some professional actors."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Actor, Actors, Company, Old, Theater, Years)

"The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted most to bring off was a fully fledged professional production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Production, Shakespeare, Theater)

"I've just taken the decision that I'm going to now go full time back into the theater."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Time, Decision, Now, Theater)

"I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater, or the contemporary theater, or musical theater, or the thing that we call opera."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Feeling, Opera, Theater)

"Boxing has become America's tragic theater."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: America, Boxing, Theater)

"Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women."
- Carroll O'Connor
(Related: Women, Flattery, Theater)

"I grew up in the theater and danced ballet atrociously."
- Maureen O'Hara
(Related: Ballet, Theater)

"I need to go someplace faraway that doesn't have telephones and doesn't have a record player and doesn't have movie theaters and people walking down the street in order to not do anything."
- Will Oldham
(Related: People, Order, Walking)

"I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture."
- Laurence Olivier
(Related: Culture, Theater)

"I used to say when I was working in the theater that if I ever had five seasons of a hit TV show I'd never have to worry about money and wouldn't have to do anything I didn't want to do."
- Jerry Orbach
(Related: Money, Seasons, Theater, Want, Worry)

"In the theater, you go from point A to point Z, building your performance as the evening progresses. You have to relinquish that control on a film."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
(Related: Control, Performance, Building, Evening, Film, Theater)

"The adrenaline of a live performance is unlike anything in film or theater. I can see why it's so addictive."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
(Related: Performance, Film, Theater)

"In theater, the wellspring of the character comes from the doing of it, like a trial by fire, but in front of an audience."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Character, Fire, Theater)

"We all need to go to good theater; that is what I believe will save it."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Theater, Will)

"I like time off because I also have a life outside of theater."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Life, Time, Theater)

"I believe in things that move people, if the audience isn't deeply caught up and moved to either laughter or tears then I don't think it is theater."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: People, Laughter, Tears, Theater)

"Getting work in theater has always been sort of cyclical."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Work, Theater)

"Don't forget the prices are so high in theater; it isn't really where a young person can go on a date and buy two tickets and take someone out anymore."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Forget, Theater)

"At this point the theater America is in such a precarious place."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: America, Theater)

"All of the generations go to what is chic for them, and theater seems to be an older generation's art form."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Art, Generations, Theater)

"Any show that's bringing in a young audience is doing a good thing, because that's the only way that theater will continue to grow. All the other audience members are going to be dead soon!"
- Adam Pascal
(Related: Theater, Will)

"Sondheim is the Shakespeare of the musical theater world."
- Mandy Patinkin
(Related: Shakespeare, Theater, World)

"Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once."
- Norman Vincent Peale
(Related: Babies, Promises, Theater)

"Doing that, then doing a lot of theater, which I love. Doing guest stars, did two independent films that are going around to all these festivals. Both of them are going to be at the Lake Tahoe Film Festival."
- Austin Peck
(Related: Love, Film, Guest, Stars, Theater)

"I did a play I think my first six months on the show, called Bullpen. Then I got involved with Theater Forty and did this play called Plastic which is about two male models coming to a casting call."
- Austin Peck
(Related: First, Months, Play, Theater)

"Ever since I got on Days I've been doing theater."
- Austin Peck
(Related: Theater)

"I think any actor would agree that you can't replace theater. It's immediate. You have the energy of the crowd and every single night it's different."
- Austin Peck
(Related: Actor, Energy, Night, Theater)

"What I'd really like to do is do a film or two a year and then do theater in New York the rest of the year."
- Piper Perabo
(Related: Film, Rest, Theater)

"I had an interest, for as long as I could remember, in theater."
- Antoinette Perry
(Related: Interest, Theater)

"We knew all along we were making a good show, so its success was not a surprise to me. What has surprised me is the magnitude of this show's success. More people see me now in one episode than saw me in 20 years of movies and theater!"
- William Petersen
(Related: Movies, Success, People, Now, Years)

"Theater in Chicago will always be my first love. It started careers for me and about 50 of my friends. We all love coming back. As soon as the TV show is over, I'll be back in Chicago, doing live theater."
- William Petersen
(Related: Love, Careers, Chicago, First, First love, Friends, Theater, Will)

"The show can go on without me, and probably will, but I want to come back to act in Chicago. My wife and I just bought a condo downtown, and I want to do theater."
- William Petersen
(Related: Wife, Act, Chicago, Theater, Want, Will)

"Corporate Hollywood thinks I'm a geek to go back and do theater. They don't understand why I don't want to be a movie star, why I'm not pursuing Mel Gibson's roles."
- William Petersen
(Related: Corporate, Hollywood, Theater, Want)

"One of the things I love about theater, one of the reasons I'll never give it up, is that it's fifty percent the audience's responsibility."
- William Petersen
(Related: Love, Responsibility, Theater)

"I want to make movies that people talk about when they leave the theater, that aren't clear-cut, but effective and fulfilling in some sense."
- Ryan Phillippe
(Related: Movies, People, Sense, Talk, Theater, Want)

"I was as happy doing theater in New York for little or no money as I am now doing television for more money. The happiness, I guess, comes out of it being a good job. The success has to do with the fact that it's a good job that will continue."
- David Hyde Pierce
(Related: Money, Success, Happiness, Being, Fact, Job, Now, Television, Theater, Will)

"Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle of a performance and left the theater in disgust, I felt as though I hadn't done my job."
- Jeremy Piven
(Related: People, Performance, Disgust, Job, Theater)

"Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater."
- Roman Polanski
(Related: Cinema, Forget, Theater)

"There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives an entertainer a special charge."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Intimacy, Theater)

"In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on."
- Pythagoras
(Related: God, Life, Angels, Man, Theater)

"Because of the power of television, I was visible to everybody all over the world. But there are many things in the theater that are more fulfilling and that I look forward to doing more. But really, I love it all: theater, film, television."
- Charlotte Rae
(Related: Love, Power, Film, Television, Theater, World)

"That's one of the great things about DVD: In addition to reaching people who didn't catch the movie in theaters, you get to have this interaction of sorts."
- Harold Ramis
(Related: People)

"We were tremendously encouraged by the testing of Analyze That. Audiences loved it. They were telling us that they liked it as much as the original. We recorded the laughs in the theater."
- Harold Ramis
(Related: Audiences, Testing, Theater)

"Everyone town of 100,000 in the United States should have a Classical Theater supported by the town, or the state of the county, or the Federal Government, as they have in every civilized country."
- Tony Randall
(Related: Government, Country, State, states, Theater, United)

"They would have been very let down if they had to leave the theater and he had missed. He would feel badly. Everyone would feel badly. But he never let them down."
- James Randi
(Related: Theater)

"Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living."
- Vanessa Redgrave
(Related: Poetry, People, Living, Theater, Want)

"A theater is being given over to market forces, which means that a whole generation that should be able to do theater as well as see it is being completely deprived."
- Vanessa Redgrave
(Related: Being, Theater)

"Field of Dreams is the only movie - and I saw it in the theater - on an afternoon when I was on location somewhere, and there were like 12 people in the theater. I was just so devastated; I couldn't get out of my seat. And I sat and watched it a second time."
- Paul Reiser
(Related: Dreams, Time, People, Theater)

"Also watching a movie on DVD is different than watching it in the theater."
- Ivan Reitman
(Related: Theater)

"I grew up in Washington, D.C. But also loving the theater."
- Frank Rich
(Related: Theater, Washington)

"I'm always struck by the kids who turn up in New York and LA, and places in between. Chicago. Wanting to do theater, wanting to do independent film. Wanting to break into television or radio."
- Frank Rich
(Related: Chicago, Film, Kids, Television, Theater)

"In musical theater you have to be very big and very animated, while film and television are more toned down."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Film, Television, Theater)

"My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater. I'm some kind of accident."
- Alan Rickman
(Related: Accident, Parents, Theater)

"I had no training in the theater. I did not study it but just did it."
- Michael Ritchie
(Related: Study, Theater, Training)

"The trick is to have my own particular taste and feel for the theater to audiences who have been used to one particular style and taste for nearly 40 years."
- Michael Ritchie
(Related: Audiences, Style, Taste, Theater, Years)

"I'll be going to the granddaddy of the Los Angeles theaters."
- Michael Ritchie
"And Twin Peaks, the Film is the craziest film in the history of cinema. I have no idea what happened, I have no idea what I saw, all I know is that I left the theater floating six feet above the ground."
- Jacques Rivette
(Related: History, Idea, Cinema, Feet, Film, Theater)

"I love making people laugh. It's an addiction and it's probably dysfunctional, but I am addicted to it and there's no greater pleasure for me than sitting in a theater and feeling a lot of people losing control of themselves."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Love, People, Control, Addiction, Feeling, Losing, Pleasure, Theater)

"New York is not conductive to theater. New York does not encourage its young. It does not encourage experimentation."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Theater)

"Every person on the streets of New York is a type. The city is one big theater where everyone is on display."
- Jerry Rubin
(Related: Theater)

"Do theater. Because you'll develop a craft that you'll always have. It'll give you a chance to really learn how to act and you won't go into the world with a few measly tricks that will only carry you so far."
- Mark Ruffalo
(Related: Act, Chance, Theater, Will, World)

"I come from a traditional theater background."
- Mark Ruffalo
(Related: Theater)

"Now a movie goes out to two, three thousand theaters and by Friday night at 10 o'clock they know if you are in or out. That desperate competition is, I think, horrendous. It's awful."
- Mark Rydell
(Related: Competition, Night, Now)

"I'm doing 5000 seat theaters and audiences are going nuts, it's fantastic and it makes me very happy. I'm dirty, but not like this; I just do comedy that I find funny. I'm working on a new tv show for cable and it's not set up yet."
- Bob Saget
(Related: Funny, Audiences, Comedy)

"It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands."
- George Santayana
(Related: Art, America, Football, Jazz, Kindness, Museums)

"And it was out in the theaters in two weeks. This is not, 'We're going to develop twenty-five and maybe one's going to get made,' so the first three things I wrote got up on the screen and, good, bad or indifferent, I got to see them on their feet."
- John Sayles
(Related: Feet, First)

"Except here it's more power, more energy, younger and also in Europe it's still not only entertainment. Theater or films are looked at as a moral institution. That's why maybe they're so poetic. Here it's clear entertainment."
- Maximilian Schell
(Related: Power, Energy, Entertainment, Europe, Theater)

"I directed a piece of theater in Italy. We took nine fables from the town and we created a play."
- Vincent Schiavelli
(Related: Italy, Play, Theater)

"I didn't think that a career in theater was very realistic so I thought the only thing I could make money doing and still be somewhat artistic was, god help me, advertising."
- Liev Schreiber
(Related: Money, God, Thought, Advertising, Career, Help, Theater)

"If I have to, I'll go and direct theater and talk till the cows come home."
- Ridley Scott
(Related: Home, Cows, Talk, Theater)

"When I entered college, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. My advisor happened to be from the theater department, and he encouraged me to take some classes there, which I did."
- David Selby
(Related: College, Theater)

"I did theater when I was nine, I think. Nine and ten, and that was just the beginning of my whole involvement in acting, my whole interest. I don't really remember it that well. But it was really fun. I mean, it was exciting just to be on stage in front of an audience. It gives you a different kind of rush."
- Amanda Seyfried
(Related: Acting, Beginning, Fun, Interest, Theater)

"Theater to me is acting but it's more real on film."
- Ted Shackelford
(Related: Acting, Film, Theater)

"I see only defects because I'm not following the scene as it were. I'm not following the other person. It's like the best thing to clarify this is the theater."
- Omar Sharif
(Related: Theater)

"I take the theater seriously in that I loathe it, I'm bored by it."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Theater)

"There was no professional theater in Cork, but still I did a lot of performing."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Theater)

"Theater dates very quickly."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Theater)

"Theater is dangerously open to repetition. It's exciting when you hit on a new way."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Open, Repetition, Theater)

"Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life."
- Irwin Shaw
(Related: Life, Living, Theater, Writing)

"In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices."
- Irwin Shaw
(Related: Talk, Theater, Writer)

"Movies will end up being this esoteric art form, where only singular people will put films out in a small group of theaters."
- M. Night Shyamalan
(Related: Art, Movies, People, Being, End, Will)

"We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big."
- Carly Simon
(Related: American, Jazz, Theater)

"I started a theater called Steppenwolf. We've been very supportive of the veterans there."
- Gary Sinise
(Related: Theater, Veterans)

"I might be doing a lot more theater, which is kind of what I love, but there's simply no time for."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: Time, Love, Theater)

"The Washington black community was able to succeed beyond his wildest dreams. I mean, we had our own newspapers, our own restaurants, our own theaters, our own small shops, our own clubs, our own Masonic lodges."
- Ed Smith
(Related: Dreams, Community, Newspapers, Restaurants, Shops, Succeed, Washington)

"I really miss the rehearsal process of theater."
- Kurtwood Smith
(Related: Theater)

"I firmly believe lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you have costume, story, acting, orchestra."
- Stephen Sondheim
(Related: Acting, Chance, Theater)

"But theater, because of its nature, both text, images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience. That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms."
- Wole Soyinka
(Related: Art, Nature, Communication, Theater)

"Well, first of all I'll say that I come alive best in theater."
- Wole Soyinka
(Related: First, Theater)

"There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle."
- Wole Soyinka
(Related: Theater)

"There's a kind of dynamic quality about theater and that dynamic quality expresses itself in relation to, first of all, the environment in which it's being staged; then the audience, the nature of the audience, the quality of the audience."
- Wole Soyinka
(Related: Nature, Quality, Being, Environment, First, Theater)

"It's street theater. You have to make it entertaining so people don't get bored and walk away."
- Jason Statham
(Related: People, Theater)

"Wouldn't it be grand if we thought that theater could have that impact on the political life of a country?"
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Life, Thought, Country, Theater)

"The knights of the theater represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Company, Profession, Theater)

"But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theater and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Love, Heroes, Shakespeare, Theater)

"Kids now are so used to surround sound and the power in theater speakers, that the concert hall is a disappointment to them."
- David Ogden Stiers
(Related: Power, Disappointment, Kids, Now, Sound, Theater)

"At early previews, the theater gossips are there, wishing you ill every night. They don't grant you any slack. Agents are in from Hollywood. Your friends are there. People who are going to spread the word-of-mouth. If something doesn't work, everyone will know."
- Peter Stone
(Related: Work, People, Friends, Hollywood, Night, Theater, Will, Wishing, Word)

"I'm from the theater. I never wanted to be a star."
- Sherry Stringfield
(Related: Theater)

"I wanted to be a theater actress, but I thought it would be easier to get to New York and the theater if I had a name than if I just walked the streets as a little girl from California."
- Gloria Stuart
(Related: Thought, Name, Theater)

"I like doing theaters. I like being up close and personal with the fans. It's really cool."
- Ruben Studdard
(Related: Being, Fans)

"I started out doing theater and a soap in New York and that's... sort of what I got stuck in. I was blessed enough to have long runs, and it's sort of hard sometimes then to get out."
- Susan Sullivan
(Related: Theater)

"In a theater, the part is mine and I can control it as I want to. In the movies, I don't have direct contact, and I am fighting technical machinery."
- Max von Sydow
(Related: Movies, Control, Fighting, Theater, Want)

"To do theater you need to block off a hunk of time."
- George Takei
(Related: Time, Theater)

"God help us if we ever take the theater out of the auction business or anything else. It would be an awfully boring world."
- A. Alfred Taubman
(Related: Business, God, Help, Theater, World)

"I have directed good actors and have gone through the process which is more detailed in theater in a way. You have to get people to stay for two or three hours in a performance. They need more talk and rehearsal than in films."
- Julie Taymor
(Related: People, Performance, Actors, Talk, Theater)

"When I was thinking about The Lion King, I said, we have to do what theater does best. What theater does best is to be abstract and not to do literal reality."
- Julie Taymor
(Related: Reality, Theater, Thinking)

"What I don't have in theater is editing."
- Julie Taymor
(Related: Theater)

"Theater is far superior to film in poetry, in abstract poetry."
- Julie Taymor
(Related: Poetry, Film, Theater)

"At one time musical theater, particularly in the '40s and '50s, was a big source of pop songs. That's how musical theater started, really - it was just a way of linking several pop songs for the stage."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Time, Songs, Theater)

"We thought it would be great to see if you could put pop music back into musical theater."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Music, Thought, Theater)

"Characters are an extreme form in Shakespeare's theater."
- Michael Tippett
(Related: Extreme, Shakespeare, Theater)

"With acting, it was really more of a general kind of experience of really just loving being in the theater."
- Marisa Tomei
(Related: Experience, Acting, Being, Theater)

"I am really not of the school of naturalism. I like style, and you can use more style in theater than in film roles. I love to sink my teeth into a part."
- Marisa Tomei
(Related: Love, Film, School, Style, Theater)

"I trained as a theater actor and you had a bare stage and you had to pretend, one prop and you are in the middle of 8th Ave. and traffic is just going by."
- Benicio Del Toro
(Related: Actor, Theater)

"People wear shorts to the Broadway theater. There should be a law against that."
- Stanley Tucci
(Related: People, Law, Theater)

"Movies are getting more and more expensive to distribute. You need a lot of money to get people into theaters."
- Robin Tunney
(Related: Money, Movies, People)

"I am both proud and honored to be on the Board of Directors for the Texas Ballet Theater."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Ballet, Theater)

"I'm an actor, coming from New York theater."
- Skeet Ulrich
(Related: Actor, Theater)

"Two packed houses. I guess the theater sat 2,700 people every night so it was an amazing experience."
- Blair Underwood
(Related: Experience, People, Houses, Night, Theater)

"The hope is they would like to bring it to Broadway next year, so we'll see that's to come in the end of the finance year and everybody else and also real estate and what theaters are available at the time but I would like to come back with it."
- Blair Underwood
(Related: Finance, Time, Hope, End)

"When I doing dinner theater in high school, I was talking to a woman who had been in the business for a while and I said I want to act, that's all I want to do with my life and she said if you're serious then you need to hone every discipline you can."
- Blair Underwood
(Related: Business, Life, Discipline, Act, School, Talking, Theater, Want, Woman)

"The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: Work, Needs, Nothing, Theater, Worth)

"When I owned the theater, I had the Glen Miller Orchestra. I had 20 girls singing and dancing. I had a cast of characters. It was a big group production, as well as ushers, ticket takers."
- Bobby Vinton
(Related: Dancing, Girls, Production, Singing, Theater)

"The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in."
- Voltaire
(Related: Architecture, Fight)

"Well, I go to the theater today, and its curtain - there is no curtain in this play; the lights go down and go up - and we start. And I live this character for two hours. There are only two of us in the play. And It's a complete experience."
- Eli Wallach
(Related: Experience, Character, Play, Theater, Today)

"After years in white theaters I dreaded working in colored houses. The noise, the stomping, whistling, and cheering that hadn't annoyed me when I was young was now something I dreaded."
- Ethel Waters
(Related: Houses, Now, Years)

"I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Act, Theater, Want)

"I am married to the theater, and the films are only my mistress."
- Oskar Werner
(Related: Theater)

"I'm married to the theater but my mistress is the films."
- Oskar Werner
(Related: Theater)

"I'm not photographing the model in the classic sense; the model is playing a part in my photographs. It's more like theater. I always work with models I know, and I let them participate in deciding how to act their part."
- Kim Weston
(Related: Work, Act, Sense, Theater)

"Theater is not to make a living, so I don't have the money pressure."
- Dianne Wiest
(Related: Money, Living, Pressure, Theater)

"I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting."
- Olivia Wilde
(Related: Graduation, Love, Acting, Theater)

"The wonderful thing about Food for Thought is that it lets you keep your hand in theater and be in front of a live audience without a commitment of six months, or even three months."
- Treat Williams
(Related: Food, Thought, Commitment, Months, Theater)

"Also, if you're in a TV show that does turn out to be very successful, you then can do whatever you want to do in theater for a very long time."
- Treat Williams
(Related: Time, Successful, Theater, Want)

"It's exciting to do something like this because usually what happens in theater is that, after the first or second reading of a play, it falls apart completely and the rehearsal process is such that you begin to pick up the pieces and put it back together again."
- Treat Williams
(Related: First, Play, Reading, Theater)

"As soon as white folks say a play's good, the theater is jammed with blacks and whites."
- August Wilson
(Related: Play, Theater)

"I first got involved in theater in 1968, at the height of a social tumult. I was a poet."
- August Wilson
(Related: First, Theater)

"My sense of responsibility to the audience is to screen things that they would never see in a local theater."
- Richard Wilson
(Related: Responsibility, Sense, Theater)

"I'd rather do theater and British films than move to LA in hopes of getting small roles in American films."
- Kate Winslet
(Related: American, Theater)

"I got tackled once in a movie theater. I was with my mom and brother, and then suddenly I got hit from behind and sort of sprawled out on the candy counter."
- Scott Wolf
(Related: Mom, Brother, Theater)

"Cary Grant was wonderful to work with on stage. He would move downstage, so that as he looked at me the audience had to look at me, too. He knew a lot about the theater and how to move around. He was very secure."
- Fay Wray
(Related: Work, Theater)

"I like to do theater and hopefully be effective. Most actors, at least contemporary actors of my generation, can't do it. They don't have the chops."
- Jeffrey Wright
(Related: Actors, Theater)

"We can guess that the unacceptable conduct of the soldiers at Abu Ghraib resulted in part from the dangerous state of affairs on the ground in a theater of war."
- John Yoo
(Related: War, Soldiers, State, Theater)

"I happen to love working in cinema, but the theater is always there... you know, and I would never shut the door on it. Even though it's been quite a bit of time since I've done a play, last one was in New York."
- Michael York
(Related: Love, Time, Cinema, Play, Theater)

"I'm theater trained."
- Steve Zahn
(Related: Theater)

"I remember, especially like when I was in high school, going to see like Dawn of the Dead and it was like mayhem in the theater and you could barely even watch the movie. It was so fun."
- Rob Zombie
(Related: Dawn, Fun, School, Theater)

"NC-17 means that you get it in like 3 theaters. They won't run the spots on MTV, won't run the advertising. It's the kiss of death so there was really no other choice."
- Rob Zombie
(Related: Death, Kiss, Advertising, Choice)

"You know, when we were kids, we had to go to a theater to see a movie. And then television came in and you had to wait until midnight to see the one you wanted to see. Now, all you've got to do is go to a store and buy it and you can watch it whenever you want!"
- John Zorn
(Related: Kids, Midnight, Now, Television, Theater)

"I don't think there has been any increase in sophistication in the audience. When people are aware of a concept that's easy to understand, and there's an actor who will attract them to the theater and it's a movie that's funny three-quarters of the time, it will be successful."
- David Zucker
(Related: Funny, Time, People, Successful, Actor, Sophistication, Theater, Will)

"Tim Robbins had real confidence in college. He literally stole actors from the theater department at UCLA to be in his plays. The department heads got so mad at him."
- Daphne Zuniga
(Related: Actors, College, Confidence, Theater)