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The 11 Best Movie Quotes About Theater

 Movies are the offspring of theater.  They speak the same language, using common terms like staging, sets, gaffers, grips, musicals, scenes, and directors.  However, they critique each other – theater is too stuffy, movies are for hacks.  Like a parent and child, they have a lifelong relationship of conflict and connection.  Here are our 11 favorite quotes about the theater from the movie writer’s point of view.

“Allow me to explain about the theater business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.”
Shakespeare in Love (1998) – Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush)

“We are in this together, my dear. All damned to the theater. Condemned to live through our art. For we do not know how to live through our lives - we are islands.”
Trust the Man (2005) – Francis (David Greenspan)

“Only a man who dreams up illusions would think of such a thing, and only people of the theater would believe it was possible.”
The Mad Magician (1954) – The Great Rinaldi (John Emery)

“We're a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theater folk. We are the original displaced personalities.”
All About Eve (1950) – Addison DeWitt (George Sanders)

“It's the theater. I love it - even the cheap melodrama.”
Original Sin (2001) – Julia (Angelina Jolie)

“I'm done with theater. The playhouse is for dreamers.”
Shakespeare in Love (1998) – William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes)

“I wish to be moved. I cannot feel in life. I must have others do it for me here in the theater.”

The Libertine (2004) – Rochester (Johnny Depp)

“Theater is the only reality, everything else, the world outside, what civilians call the real world, is nothing but fantasy.”
Being Julia (2004) – Jimmie Langton (Michael Gambon)

“That's what the theater is - sex. It's like getting laid.”
Opening Night (1977) – Nancy Stein (Laura Johnson)

“I love this little world inside the thick walls of this playhouse, and I'm fond of the people who work in this little world. Outside is the big world, and sometimes the little world succeeds in reflecting the big one so that we understand it better. Or perhaps, we give the people who come here a chance to forget for a while, for a few short moments, the harsh world outside.”

Fanny and Alexander (1982) – Oscar Ekdahl (Allan Edwall)

“Nothing is forever in the theater.  Whatever it is, it’s here, it flares up, burns hot, and then it’s gone.”

All About Eve (1950) – Karen Richards (Celeste Holm)


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