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Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment.
by Alan Jay Lerner

Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment.
It is a criticism.
- Alan Jay Lerner

A schedule so tight that it would only work if I didn't sleep on Monday nights.
- Alan Jay Lerner

It's not a pretty face, I grant you.
But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
- Alan Jay Lerner

Why can't a woman be more like a man?
- Alan Jay Lerner

 

Men die but an idea does not.
- Alan Jay Lerner

With a little bit of luck, you'll never work!
- Alan Jay Lerner

You write a hit the same way you write a flop.
- Alan Jay Lerner

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Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent.
They might be saying the same thing here but it sounds better in French.
- Alan Jay Lerner

An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him.
- Alan Jay Lerner

I think coughing up slugs was quite hard.
Ron has a scene where he has to cough up these giant slugs.
- Rupert Grint

Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.
- Ralph Richardson

My dear doctor, I am surprised to hear you say that
I am coughing very badly,
as I have been practising all night.
- John Philpot Curran

I know two kinds of audiences only -
one coughing,
and one not coughing.
- Artur Schnabel

Well, we played with Soul Coughing once for like two days,
that was pretty cool.
I mean they were all good, you can pull a great experience from everything.
- Mike Lowry

I wish that person outside would stop coughing.
- Lee Konitz

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.
- Ralph Richardson

The worst moment was when I was performing and I was about to sing,
but I choked.
I had a tickle in my throat and I started coughing,
and I couldn't get the words out.
It lasted for like thirty seconds, but I got over it,
and luckily the crowd didn't seem to care.
- Chris Brown

I'm married to the theater but my mistress is the films.
- Oskar Werner

I was obsessed with romance.
When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every
day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
- John Hughes

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Joyce Carol Oates

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
- Don DeLillo

I started a theater called Steppenwolf.
We've been very supportive of the veterans there.
- Gary Sinise

My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater.
I'm some kind of accident.
- Alan Rickman

A theater is being given over to market forces,
which means that a whole generation that should be
able to do theater as well as see it is being completely deprived.
- Vanessa Redgrave

My goal was not to be famous or rich but to be good at what I did.
And that required going to New York and studying and working in the theater.
- Shirley Knight

I wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid,
but I started doing theater in high school because it was a requirement.
At first, I was completely irritated.
But I ended up loving it.
- Sophia Bush

Whoever becomes the head of the National Theater finds
himself in a position like that of Nelson's Column -
pigeons dump on you because you're there.
- Peter Hall

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
- Roman Polanski

Corporations are social organizations,
the theater in which men and women realize or fail
to realize purposeful and productive lives.
- Lester Bangs

Thank God for the theater.
- Raul Julia

I didn't think that a career in theater was very realistic
so I thought the only thing I could make money doing
and still be somewhat artistic was,
god help me, advertising.
- Liev Schreiber

Theater is a verb before it is a noun,
an act before it is a place.
- Martha Graham

I'm doing a play, a musical.
The musical follows the Mamma Mia concept.
It's my first LA theater project.
- Tatyana Ali

This is an age of specialization, and in such an age
the repertory theater is an anachronism,
a ludicrous anachronism.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

Theater is far superior to film in poetry,
in abstract poetry.
- Julie Taymor

People who are interested in the arts and theater are such a minority.
- Carol Kane

I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence,
and the theater you like has more to do with language.
- Ben Kingsley

At this point the theater America is in such a precarious place.
- Estelle Parsons

Also, if you're in a TV show that does turn out to be very successful,
you then can do whatever you want to do in theater for a very long time.
- Treat Williams

I want to make movies that people talk about when they leave the theater,
that aren't clear-cut, but effective and fulfilling in some sense.
- Ryan Phillippe

Because of my background in theater and radio acting,
I knew that I could make a living as an actor.
- Casey Kasem

I came out of repertory theater, where I worked 50 weeks a year,
and I loved working with the people.
- Rene Auberjonois

I think theater is powerful.
The best experiences I had in the theater are more
powerful than the best experiences I had in movies.
- William H. Macy

The theater is where I belonged; I simply wanted to
be an actress my whole life.
- Loni Anderson

Promises are like crying babies in a theater,
they should be carried out at once.
- Norman Vincent Peale

I love doing theater so much - being in front of an
audience and seeing how a character grows and develops with every performance.
- Jerry Hall

The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted
most to bring off was a fully fledged professional
production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford.
- Trevor Nunn

I'm an actor, coming from New York theater.
- Skeet Ulrich

I directed a piece of theater in Italy.
We took nine fables from the town and we created a play.
- Vincent Schiavelli

The real theater of the sex war is the domestic hearth.
- Germaine Greer

TV is like theater.
You can't enjoy it without a program.
- Walter Annenberg

Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret,
West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences.
They send you out of the theater filled with music.
- John Lithgow

Mystery Science Theater is really a postmodern show,
it's really derived of many influences.
- Joel Hodgson

As I told you, from the time I was fifteen,
I thought the theater was too much involved with actors
trying to make the audience love them,
being over emotional.
- Richard Foreman

You must not demand the failure of your peers,
because the more good things that are around in film,
in television, in theater - why the better it is for all of us.
- Jerome Lawrence

Don't forget the prices are so high in theater;
it isn't really where a young person can go on a date
and buy two tickets and take someone out anymore.
- Estelle Parsons

We do a lot of shows for young people who have probably
never been to the theater before and they are learning about the Holocaust,
which unhappily, many of them do not know about.
- Linda Lavin

I really miss the rehearsal process of theater.
- Kurtwood Smith

We should have done more damage to the Iraqi forces
before they withdrew from the Kuwaiti theater.
- Les Aspin

I liked the theater.
I liked the people.
I liked the time that we worked.
- Jeremy Irons

There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle.
- Wole Soyinka

I take the theater seriously in that I loathe it,
I'm bored by it.
- Fiona Shaw

It's street theater.
You have to make it entertaining so people don't get bored and walk away.
- Jason Statham

Also watching a movie on DVD is different than watching it in the theater.
- Ivan Reitman

Charity in the theater begins and ends with those who
have a play opening within a week of one's own.
- Moss Hart

There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives
an entertainer a special charge.
- Charley Pride

The theater is the only branch of art much cared for by people of wealth;
like canasta,
it does away with the brother of talk after dinner.
- Mary McCarthy

I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation
I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
- Olivia Wilde

I used to stand outside the theater knowing the truant
officer was looking for me.
I would stand there 'til someone came along and then
ask them to buy my ticket.
- Moe Howard

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.
- Gore Vidal

We used to play in a theater club in London called The King's Head.
When the theater let nut, around 10:00 P.M.,
we'd be ready to go and really get it on for about an hour or so.
- Mark Knopfler


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