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1. "I'm conflicted with theater in the city because you want to reach a diverse audience, and that audience doesn't typically go to the theater."
Author: Adam Driver
2. "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."
Author: Arthur Miller
3. "Theater will never, and never has, gotten audiences like film. But theater goes to work on society in a different and more subversive way."
Author: Athol Fugard
4. "I'm a great candidate for why arts funding shouldn't be cut, because I had no experience other than what was at school, I'm from a working-class town, there were no theaters, and the cinema closed when I was a kid. Anything that gave me a voice or a way to express myself I went running headlong toward."
Author: Ben Daniels
5. "The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard work."
Author: Ben Vereen
6. "I did a lot of musical theater when I was younger, and I really hope to get back there someday. I miss singing a lot. I listen to Broadway show tunes in my car and sing along to them."
Author: Bridget Regan
7. "I think I've definitely found a niche working in comedy, but dramatic films are what brought me here. After I saw 'Titanic' in the theater, I got the bug."
Author: Carly Craig
8. "I do not like a high-organized church. I think that as soon as the congregation reaches a level of one hundred or so people, it is time to build a new church. As soon as the congregation gets to the point where you are not on fairly intimate terms with every other person in that church, then you have become a theater where people can attend services. I do not think you can attend a church service. Service is not something which is there to be viewed as if it were a play or a movie."
Author: Charles M. Schulz
9. "After 30 years in the theater, I'm used to having a great amount of control over what I do. But with '24', you place your character's life in the writers' hands, and you have no idea what's going to happen until you're sent the next pages."
Author: Cherry Jones
10. "What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement."
Author: Edward Albee
11. "But you know, I'm not 25 anymore, and I have always said musical theater in particular is a young person's game. It requires energy, mentally and physically, to do it."
Author: Elaine Paige
12. "To do theater you need to block off a hunk of time."
Author: George Takei
13. "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!"
Author: Grey DeLisle
14. "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."
Author: Hayley Mills
15. "It was wonderful, a stunning happy ending to what began as another tragic rock & roll story, as if Bob Dylan had been arrested in Miami for jacking off in a seedy little XXX theater while stroking the spine of a fat young boy."
Author: Hunter S. Thompson
16. "Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies - as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater."
Author: James Broughton
17. "For our fourth date, I said I wanted Italian, and she said she wanted Chinese. We decided to compromise and meet at the movie theater after we'd both eaten."
Author: Jarod Kintz
18. "You are the stuff of which consumer profiles – American Dream: Educated Middle-Class Model – are made. When you're staying at the Plaza with your beautiful wife, doesn't it make sense to order the best Scotch that money can buy before you go to the theater in your private limousine?"
Author: Jay McInerney
19. "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."
Author: Jeff Koons
20. "Encouragement from my high school teacher Patty Hart said 'you need to focus and theater might be your route out of here.' I created the program, went to college and graduate school and now here I am."
Author: Jeffrey Donovan
21. "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."
Author: Jeffrey Wright
22. "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."
Author: Jeremy Bulloch
23. "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."
Author: Jerome Lawrence
24. "Every person on the streets of New York is a type. The city is one big theater where everyone is on display."
Author: Jerry Rubin
25. "Weren't movies his generation's faith anyway--its true religion? Wasn't the theater our temple, the one place we enter separately but emerge from two hours later together, with the same experience, same guided emotions, same moral?...what was that but a religion?"
Author: Jess Walter
26. "I wish to be moved. I cannot feel in life. I must have others do it for me in theater."
Author: John Wilmot
27. "A darkened theater. Final whispers. Black. The projector streams through. The picture surrounds. I fall away. You reach me."
Author: Jolene Stockman
28. "Tragedy in the theater opens our eyes so that we can discover and appreciate the heroic in reality."
Author: José Ortega Y Gasset
29. "I schooled in Himachal Pradesh. I had taken up science and, initially, wanted to become a doctor. There are few career options for students of science though, so I shifted to Delhi and decided to try theater instead."
Author: Kangna Ranaut
30. "I'm doing this play right now, the new David Mamet play. It's called 'Race,' and it's very interesting how people really leave the theater filled with the desire to talk about the play and the issues and the characters, and how they're all navigating their personal views around race."
Author: Kerry Washington
31. "I still have a fear of theater. I don't know if I will manage that. I used to do it. I developed a bit of a phobia. It's not a real phobia. I can go in and watch."
Author: Laura Fraser
32. "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."
Author: Laurie Anderson
33. "I was living in Evanston, Illinois and I was taking theater classes down the street, and our theater school was kind of affiliated with an agency, and so I went on one audition for whatever that movie was, 'My Stepmother is an Alien' or whatever it was, and 'Roseanne' was my second audition."
Author: Lecy Goranson
34. "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."
Author: Leslie Caron
35. "In the theater, when people hear that you're writing a play, they want to know what it's all about, whether there's a role for them. You write it fairly quickly, and it becomes a group activity before you're really ready to have company."
Author: Marsha Norman
36. "I haven't come to the theater to hear about other people's probelms. I've come to be taken out of myself, and, preferably, not put back again."
Author: Michael Frayn
37. "No one had hugged her like that since she had retired from the theater."
Author: Neil Gaiman
38. "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."
Author: Orson Welles
39. "I don't care for horror and fantasy films. I never go to see them in the theater. I know I've played in many of them, but I didn't do them because of their genre - I did them just because I loved their scripts."
Author: Peter Weller
40. "In theater, they say a theater piece is only as good as its transitions."
Author: Reggie Watts
41. "I want to read books and go for walks and make dinner. I guess there are people who love working and that's great. I'm not one of them. I love tackling roles and I love theater, but filming, I don't get it. It seems mind-numbing to me."
Author: Robert Sean Leonard
42. "All theater is dance."
Author: Robert Wilson
43. "I did theater as a kid, more of an after-school program. But every night I would put on a movie and fall asleep to it."
Author: Scoot McNairy
44. "We go see theater, we take in art, because it makes us feel."
Author: Steve Kazee
45. "Journalism as theater is what TV news is."
Author: Thomas Griffith
46. "I grew up doing theater and music, and in fact, I spent more time doing theater, and I'd do music when I could."
Author: Tyler Hilton
47. "The scholar explained, very neatly, that a play might well have something interesting about it, but no literary value. He demonstrated, without wasting words, that a playwright had to do more than throw in some of the complications found in all novels, and perpetually attractive to theater audiences. Playwrights had to be novel without being bizarre, frequently sublime but never unnatural; they had to understand the human heart had let it speak for itself; they had to be great poets but never let any of their characters sound like poets; they had to perfectly understand language and use it purely, with continuous harmony, never disjointing it with forced rhyme."
Author: Voltaire
48. "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."
Author: Wole Soyinka
49. "I thought I would spent my career doing Chekhov and Ibsen in regional theaters, so the fact that I started doing new plays was a whole new world I didn't expect, and that I would like to keep doing."
Author: Zeljko Ivanek
50. "I thought I'd be doing theater, really. That's all I had experience with growing up. I mean, I saw movies and television, but I don't think I really connected at a young age that that was acting, that that was part of the profession."
Author: Zeljko Ivanek

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