The whole world is a stage, but it's easier to fall asleep in the comfortable theatre seats.

 

When I was still dating, back then in ancient lore, there was one rule to follow. Never, but never date an actress.

 

 

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Theatre - The world is a stage

When I was still dating, back then in ancient lore, there was one rule to follow. Never, but never date an actress.Twice I havent listened to my own advice and twice it eneded in disaster. extremely intresesting disasters, with some good stories to tell my grandchildren but still disasters.

 

"An actor is part illusionist, part artist, part ham."    - Oscar Wilde

There is something scary about actors, especially the good ones, it is a talent that is so disturbing for the truth seeker that at one point I was convinced that good actors should be burnt on the stake like witches. But please, don’t be alarms from my warnings against good actors, if you watch tv and movies these days you are safe. You will hardly bump into any.

 

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.”  - W. R. Inge quotes

And a theatre actor is even worse. A film is made in small pieces, with takes and stops, and doing again and again, and this time from this angel. In theatre it is an hour of being the character live, and that is just spooky. For me. For others this is exactly the magic of theatre.

 

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." - Oscar Wilde

I remember the first time this notion hit me was watching a solo show by sir ian mcallen, , long before he was a sir, and he gave such an amazing Shakespearian extravaganza I was in awe.

Every couple of minutes a different character, a completely different person, and without costumes, without props, just changing the expression, the body language, the tone of voice. Spooky. Where are the matches?

 
An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow."  
- Lawrence Barrett
 

I love good theater, if not for the acting but for the writing. When you write a play you have different restrictions then when writing for a movie, or even a book to that matter. And a good play is all about rhythm.

I have found that in the rhythm of theatre , culture is a big factor, if your name is Ibsen then you work on a too-much-herring induced coma like rhythm, if you are a witty Brit you will have a fast ping-pong rhythm, if you are an American…well, you write for your local cable sitcom.

A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution. " - Dustin Hoffman

 

I do tend to like the faster pace of theatre myself, I admit, but I do appreciate the effect a more melodramatic approach would have on the public.

In other case It is like writing a symphony, you have to orchestrate all the instruments, or actors, in a way they form melodies, recurring motifs , a crescendo and…well, then you do like Shakespeare and just kill everybody that was left on stage to close all the plot lines.

 

I don't believe in astrology. The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage. " - Noel Coward

 

Theatre is dying. Like every other art form in this materialistic world, and that is very sad.  The only optimistic thing I can think of is that fact that theatre actors will always continue acting, as it is an obsession, a disease, not a profession, so even our despicable excuse for progress will not be able to stop them. They are sick.

Go see a play.
Support your local sick people.
we will need them once we get smart enough to burn our tv sets