Plays & Stage Shows-
Live theater is a lost art that was quickly dumped as soon as motion pictures took root in society. Stage shows were big way back in the days of Shakespeare but nowadays guys shake their own spears at a different kind of show-the strip show. As antiquated as it is the stage show still has a certain appeal, which would seem strange until you consider the IQ of the average fan.
In the world of stage Broadway is the ultimate big time where every play actor aspires to perform, and where every fan aspires to be entertained. It's image as a legendary Mecca is just bright lights, glitz and glamor, smoke and mirrors-with little artistic substance. Ticket buyers are usually star-struck tourists from out of town sucked into the Big Apple by the overblown hype from PR bullshit artists. After dinner and a few cocktails these fans are so drunk they can't tell, or don't care if the show is any good or not.
Of course the reviews help sell tickets because the promoters pay off the critics to write positive reviews. It's a scam and a racket, and just like the performers it's all a fake act. So in reality stage shows are a farce and that's why it's a dying art. But if it were considered a sport then it would be much more interesting, exciting, and satisfying to watch. The action is live so the actors have only one chance to get it right and if they blow it, they lose. The play would be the game and the stage would be the field. The director is like a coach and the actors are like athletes. When a show makes it to Broadway it's like playing in the Super Bowl.