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It hath evermore been the notorious badge of prostituted Strumpets and the lewdest Harlots, to ramble abroad to Plays, to Playhouses; whither no honest, chaste or sober Girls or Women, but only branded Whores and infamous Adulteresses, did usually resort in ancient times.

Author: William Prynne

Profession:

The theatre, for all its artifices, depicts life in a sense more truly than history, because the medium has a kindred movement to that of real life, though an artificial setting and form.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

Good drama must be drastic.

Author: Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829)

Profession: German Philosopher, Critic, Writer

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.

Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Profession: British Poet

I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience -- it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere.

Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Dramatist

All this class of pleasures inspires me with the same nausea as I feel at the sight of rich plum-cake or sweetmeats; I prefer the driest bread of common life.

Author: Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Profession: British Writer, Clergyman

In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple.

Author: J. M. Synge (1871-1909)

Profession: Irish Poet, Dramatist

If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.

Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)

Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator

A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.

Author: Gore Vidal (1925)

Profession: American Novelist, Critic

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.

Author: Gore Vidal (1925)

Profession: American Novelist, Critic

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 (1915-1985)

Profession: American Film Maker

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit

A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.

Author: Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)

Profession: American Novelist, Playwright

The theatre is supremely fitted to say: ''Behold! These things are.'' Yet most dramatists employ it to say: ''This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.''

Author: Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)

Profession: American Novelist, Playwright

Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live.

Author: Shelley Winters (1920)

Profession: American Actress