2 Words to Avoid when Reading Descriptions of upcoming Theatre Events

As declared several time before, I love theatre – and I’m not particularly picky about what I go to see. if it’s in English – I’m keen to see what’s what.

That said – there are 2 words that when used to describe an upcoming theatrical offering have a tendency to convince me to go elsewhere.

1. Innovative. As in an Innovative look at a story, or an Innovative group of people.

What exactly are we innovating? Theatre is about telling stories – are we not going to be telling a story? Are we going to do without sets, without actors, without costumes? What about theatre are you planning to change? I just can’t see how an innovation is going to better my theatre experience. I suspect you termed it Innovative because you couldn’t think of a better word to describe what you are doing. And that’s really off-putting.

2. Experimental.

This one is really scary – and for many of the same reasons I shy away from Innovative. Are we going to be experimenting with sets? with stories? with the acting. How can you experiment with acting – you do it well, you do it poorly – what kind of experiment is needed?

I’m not afraid of works by new authors, in fact – that’s a lot of fun. But don’t experiment with my time and money – learn how to do it first – then present it to me. I really don’t want to have to suffer thru your experiments

8 thoughts on “2 Words to Avoid when Reading Descriptions of upcoming Theatre Events

  1. This reminds me of “experimental music” concerts – no melody, no harmony, no traditionally recognizable instruments?? The results are often nothing that resembles anything musical sounding and might better be labelled “random noise” or “horrible sound effects” that go on and on and on!

    • Oh absolutely – exactly my point. I have actually gone to ‘experimental’ theatre – and am generally very sorry I did. Definitely a red letter word!

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