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" A bad laugh is a laugh for the sake of a laugh that's out of character. "
" Any director who comes into a revival owes a great deal to the original director. If I know the backbone works, it gives me, as a director, much more freedom to bring something new to it or try something different. "
" Casting, to me, is always the same. It's a very important part of a director's job. I pick people that I sense I'd like to be in a room with and will enjoy the rehearsal process with because that's the best part. "
" 'Twelve Angry Men' was done with an intermission, and I took that out. I really wanted an audience to feel like they had no break, just like those jurors, and you're not going to get out of that room until you come to a decision. "
" After raising twins, you get organized. "
" You can't live like a monk if you have two five-year-old twins. That ain't happening. Just the opposite, actually. "
" The challenge of a revival is how to bring something fresh. The reward is the opportunity to add different flourishes. You're dealing with different actors, designers and a different time. "
" When you're working on a play like 'Sloane,' that play works; you don't have to worry about that. When you're working on a new play like 'Little Dog,' you have no clue if the play works. You're exploring. "
" My acting experience has been a benefit. What I learned from directors is how to listen to and talk with actors. I know how they think and what they need. "
" I feel that once you go into rehearsal, you need to focus on the show in the room. "
" I'm big on research. I love research, so I tend to do a lot of reading. "
" As an actor, you don't have control over what you do, whom you work with. "
" I get to choose the people I work with. "
" The theatre show-biz types don't change much, no matter what era we're in. The question of how you balance being in show business with your personal life isn't very different. "
" Being a twin, and knowing if my twin was gone or lost - that's a part of me. There's no way I could be the same person knowing my brother had passed away. "
" Actors are smart. They have to feel safe enough to fall and to get back up. My job is to make sure they don't get hurt. "
" The night before 'The Elephant Man' opened, we had a sleepover for 12 kids. Being organized is the key. "
" My first time ever on the Tony Awards was in 1984, the year of 'The Rink.' "
" 'You Can't Take It With You' has eighteen people onstage at one point. Musicals entail a larger collaboration, and I love that. "
" The smartest thing a director can do is surround himself with really good people. "
" I don't consider myself a flashy director. A lot of times, people will look and don't even know what I do. "
" I always have to come back to shows to take out the improvements actors have put in. Laughs are addictive, and sometimes they're good laughs, and sometimes they're bad laughs. "