Is there such a thing as too much theater?

Do theater-lovers spend too much time in the dark? Howard Sherman says they might.

And that might be unexceptional except that Howard Sherman is executive director of the American Theatre Wing, which administers the Tony Awards, and sees every play on Broadway each season and much more besides.

But Sherman argues, in a column in the New York Times, that there’s more to life than waiting for the lights to go down, and I tend to see his point of view. Read what he has to say, and then tell me, theater fanatics — is he full of it, or do you agree?

4 responses to “Is there such a thing as too much theater?

  1. Not really an original idea, is it? Its always a good idea to step away. No matter what the subject is. That way you can come back refreshed and a little less jaded hopefully. We might even be more tolerant and open to (the) experience.

    But honestly I think we could do with a little more sitting in the dark with ideas. Maybe we could all use some forced sequestration to wrestle with ideas that we usually have a knee-jerk reaction to. Or just enjoy a live event. 🙂

  2. Diane Burns

    Agreed! Theater provides a prism through which we can view and reflect on aspects of life, but it is no substitute for living. Art, I think, is in conversation with life, and those experiencing the art work are enriched by bringing together both sides of the dialog.

  3. Terry Olson

    I’ve always maitained that our arts community needs to not just keep its focus on itself, but must be engaged in and communicating to the larger community as well. Except during the Fringe it would usually be hard to see 5 nights of theatre here, so the problem is not quite the same. BUT we in the arts community tend to spend that much time WITH others in the arts community and often need a break to spent time with some people NOT in the arts community to remain vital, I believe.

  4. Maria Bonde

    I have to wonder about the stability and sanity of someone who attends 40 fringe shows