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Test your theatre knowledge with a QUOTES QUIZ

October 11, 2012

From time to time on this blog we’re going to stray from the beaten path and take side trips which have nothing specifically to do with Globe Theatre but are part of the wider domain of Theatre At Large. For example, here’s a short quiz that lists 10 speakers and asks you to match them to the quotations that appear below. Yes, I’ve included the answers. No shortcuts, please. That would be cheating.

Stella Adler
Sarah Bernhardt
Edward Bond
Gail Godwin
Helen Hayes
Abbie Hoffman
Stephen Sondheim
Tom Stoppard
Kenneth Tynan
Oscar Wilde

1.  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.

2.  The theatre is a spiritual and social x-ray of its time.

3.  Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.

4.  It was a different planet in 1967, the Broadway theatre. It had a little ashtray clamped to the back of every seat and the author got 10 per cent of the gross.

5.  The good die young, but not always. The wicked prevail, but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.

6.  Free speech means the right to shout “theatre!” in the middle of a crowded fire.

7.  All the best performers bring to their roles something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists.

8.  The theatre, our theatre, comes from the Greeks.

9.  For the theatre one needs long arms. An artiste with short arms can never make a fine gesture.

10.  A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.



ANSWERS: 1. Oscar Wilde 2. Stella Adler 3. Gail Godwin 4. Tom Stoppard 5. Helen Hayes 6. Abbie Hoffman 7. Stephen Sondheim 8. Edward Bond 9. Sarah Bernhardt 10, Kenneth Tynan

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Nick Miliokas is a freelance writer and editor based in Regina. You can reach him by email at

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