|Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.|
| A bad play is like a cabbage,all leaves.|
| A play is like a cigar, it requires judicious puffing.|
| Most plays are like pills; if you swallow them whole they are sweet; but, if they are chewed, like a pill, you will, like the critic, find them bitter.|
| A play is like a cigar; if it is a failure no amount of puffing will make it draw, but if it is a success, everybody wants a box.|
Henry J. Byron
| Like hungry guests, a sitting audience looks:|
Plays are like suppers; poets are the cooks.
The founders you: the table is this place:
The carvers we: the prologue is the grace.
Each act a course; each scene, a different dish,
Though were in Lent, I doubt youre still for flesh.
Satires the sauce, high-seasoned, sharp, and rough.
Kind masks and beaux, I hope youre pepper-proof?
Wit is the wine; but tis so scarce the true
Poets, like vintners, balderdash and brew.
Your surly scenes, where rant and bloodshed join,
Are butchers meat, a battles a sirlorn.
Your scenes of love, so flowing, soft and chaste,
Are water-gruel without salt or taste.
| A play is like a picture: the actors are the colors, and they must blend with one another if a perfect work is to be produced.|
| A play, like a bill, is of no value till it is accepted; nor indeed when it is, very often.|
Sir Walter Scott
| Plays are exactly like Portraits Drawn in the Garb and Fashion of the time when Painted. You see one Habit in the time of King Charles I.; another quite different from that, both for Men and Woman, in Queen Elizabeths time; another under Henry the Eighth different from both; and so backward all various.|
James Wright (Historia Histrionica)
| For plays, like women, by the world are thought,|
When you speak kindly of em, very naught.