Saturday, August 23, 2008

"I am theatah! Where's my cape?"

While I have a great many other varied interests, this entry will be a brief ode to the world of theatre geekdom. I hate to align myself with a group that has such a reputation for being out of touch, because of all people in the world, they need to be the MOST in touch. Although sadly, there are those few who are out of touch, but they're out of touch even among other theatre people. (I'm just going to assume that that makes sense in print in the same way it does in my head, and leave it as it is...)


"Oh fame! Fame! Thou glittering bauble!" --Captain Hook, "Peter Pan"

"The theatre is nine tenths hard done the hard way, by sweat, application, and be a good actor or actress or anything else in the theatre means wanting to be that more than anything else in the world. It means the concentration of desire, ambition, and sacrifice such as no other profession demands. The man or woman who accepts those terms can't be ordinary." --Bill Simpson, "All About Eve"


"Life with theatre people is like a movie. Sometimes there's music in the background, and some words go across your vision at the end." --Anonymous

"We're actors--we're the opposite of people." --Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"


"In every actor there lives a tiger, a pig, an ass, and a nightingale. You never know which one's going to show up." --Corey Taft, "For Your Consideration"

"Why, if there's nothing else, there's applause. I've listened backstage to people applaud. It's's like waves of love coming over the footlights and wrapping you up. know that every night, different hundreds of people love you. They smile, they're eyes shine, you've pleased them. They want you. You belong. Just that alone is worth anything." --Eve Harrington, "All About Eve"


"Don't be boring, darlings!" --Stella Adler

"I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee - may he rot and perish. Good afternoon." --Orson Welles


"There's no people like show people
They smile when they are low
Yesterday they told you you would not go far
That night you opened and there you are
Next day on your dressing room they've hung a star
Let's go on with the show!" --"There's No Business Like Show Business," "Annie Get Your Gun"

"The play is done." --Omar Hansen, "Dr. Faustus"


"We all have abnormality in common. We're a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theatre folk. We're the original displaced personalities." --Addison DeWitt, "All About Eve"

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