I like total spontaneity on stage, after six weeks of careful rehearsal - Noel CowardThat quote appears in Conference of the Birds by John Heilpern which featured here recently. But others think randomness is a very precious thing.
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"I very much disapprove of the adage that you have to feel the performance completely every night on the stage. This is technically an impossibility, and really is the negation of the art of acting. The art of acting, after all, is not actual feeling but simulation of feeling, and it is impossible to feel a strong emotional part eight performances a week, including two matinées."
Noël Coward, "The Art of Acting" (The Listener, Oct. 12, 1961)