I consider myself to be more of a film person than a theatre person. However, aside from the film vs. live aspect of these industries, they are much intertwined; especially since there seems to be an “explosion” of adaptations (film-to-stage / stage-to-film) of late.
Inspired by a string of “six degrees from Thelma Ritter” tweets, which mentions “All About Eve” (one of her greatest roles); here is one of my favorite monologues from that film (character Bill Sampson to the infamous Eve).
“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 and Poodles Hanneford, Lunt and Fontanne, Betty Grable, Rex the Wild Horse, Eleanora Duse – they’re all theater. You don’t understand them, 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 for somebody, somewhere…It’s just that there’s so much bourgeois in this ivory greenroom they call the theater. Sometimes it gets up around my chin.”