The color, the grace and levitation, the structural pattern in motion, the quick interplay of live beings, suspended like fitful lightning in a cloud, these things are the play, not words on paper, nor thoughts and ideas of an author, those shabby things snatched off basement counters at Gimbel's.
I think the tragic feeling is invoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing -- his sense of personal dignity.
From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun.
The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout.
It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work -- the night watchman.
Theatergoing is a communal act, movie going a solitary one.
There are two impulses in theatre: to be frivolous or to make rules.
The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.
Drama lies in extreme exaggeration of the feelings, an exaggeration that dislocates flat everyday reality.
The drama is not dead but liveth, and contains the germs of better things.
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