…good writing cannot redeem bad acting the way great acting can redeem mediocre writing.
Karl Miller – Against a National Theatre
If, as so many people say, theatre has become irrelevant (and I don’t think it has; I think it’s relevance has gone underground during the tornado of triviality that has swept through the last 25 years) it may be because theatre artists, in the desperate need to simply survive, have lost an awareness of the larger world and their place in it.
I get bored at the theatre a lot because I notice that there’s not always a connection between the actors. They may be technically proficient, but they’re not surprising each other. I’m thrilled by actors who make choices that are surprising.
The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.
People shouldn’t trust artists and they shouldn’t trust art. Part of the fun of art is that it invites you to interpret it.
Theater is not just important—I believe it is easily the most important art form that exists.