Why can’t TYA be more like hockey?

Hockey is better than theater.  More specifically, seeing hockey is more exciting than seeing theatre.  Even more specifically, experiencing a New York Rangers game (this season) is more exciting is far better than sitting through any theater for young audiences production you can name. 

Are you ready to drop the gloves?  Are you ready to “do the dance”?  Are you ready to risk 5 minutes for fighting?  I hope that you are.  But before you do, you should know: I love theater.  But I also love hockey.  And it’s not the fighting that I love (although I can admit that I stand when it happens), but it’s the speed, the skill, the competition and the enthusiasm emanating from the crowd that I feel even when I am 10 blocks away from Madison Square Garden on the way to a Rangers game.  And I want to feel the same way when I am on my way to a TYA production. 

For more of this rant, look for the next issue of TYA Today. (And if you have an opinion, tell me…and help me write the article.)

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  3 comments for “Why can’t TYA be more like hockey?

  1. Martha Mountain
    December 16, 2007 at 9:19 am

    I remember reading about the riots that greeted the premiere of Playboy of the Western World in Dublin and wondering what on earth would WE have to put on the stage to provoke actual riots?
    And yes, that shared adrenaline high is an amazing thing, fearsome even. The crowd at a game ALWAYS remembers that it is part of a shared experience. In the theater, in the dark, sometimes as audience we are alone, even in that crowd.
    Anyway, I agree – I want that buzz out of the audience, excited about the experience of going. A teacher of mine once said “theater can’t be spinach – people won’t come (or stay) just because it is good for them”.

  2. December 16, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Exactly! In fact, in some of my notes in preparation for the article I wished for a mini-Astor Place Riots (minus the death and destruction) in the aisles of a TYA production…

    And what a great spinach quote… I am sure to reference that in the future, if not in the article itself.

  3. December 17, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    For a long time I thought about how hockey could actually be made more interesting. I toyed around with the idea of introducing another puck or making the netural zone smaller. But the new rules in the NHL worked (I am glad they did because 2 pucks would be ridiculous to watch). Maybe the “rules” of theatre need to be re-tooled as well.

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