Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Joe Mankiewicz On "Theater"

The Theatuh, the Theatuh - what book of rules says the Theater exists only
within some ugly buildings crowded into one square mile of New York City? Or
London, Paris or Vienna? Listen, junior. And learn. Want to know what the
Theater is? A flea circus. Also opera. Also rodeos, carnivals, ballets, Indian
tribal dances, Punch and Judy, a one-man band - all Theater. Wherever there's
magic and make-believe and an audience - there's Theater. Donald Duck, Ibsen,
and The Lone Ranger, Sarah Bernhardt, Poodles Hanneford, Lunt and Fontanne,
Betty Grable, Rex and Wild, and Eleanora Duse. You don't understand them all,
you don't like them all, why should you? The Theater's for everybody - you
included, but not exclusively - so don't approve or disapprove. It may not be
your Theater, but it's Theater of somebody, somewhere.

Bill Sampson said it in All About Eve. I say it's time for A Night At The Palace III.

Who wants to play?

1 comment:

Paul Cargill said...

I agree! Any new progress or information. Any acts lined up?