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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Play
 
  A bad play is like a cabbage,—all leaves.
            —Anonymous
  1
  A play is like a cigar, it requires judicious puffing.
            —Anonymous
  2
  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.
            —Anonymous
  3
  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
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  Like hungry guests, a sitting audience looks:
Plays are like suppers; poets are the cooks.
The founder’s you: the table is this place:
The carvers we: the prologue is the grace.
Each act a course; each scene, a different dish,
Though we’re in Lent, I doubt you’re still for flesh.
Satire’s the sauce, high-seasoned, sharp, and rough.
Kind masks and beaux, I hope you’re 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 butcher’s meat, a battle’s a sirlorn.
Your scenes of love, so flowing, soft and chaste,
Are water-gruel without salt or taste.
            —George Farquhar
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  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.
            —Joseph Jefferson
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  A play, like a bill, is of no value till it is accepted; nor indeed when it is, very often.
            —Sir Walter Scott
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  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)
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  For plays, like women, by the world are thought,
When you speak kindly of ’em, very naught.
            —William Wycherley
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