Can we declare a moratorium on calling rehearsal "working out"? It's a bit self-righteous.
As flip as my comment back may have been, I should start by saying I don't automatically argue with everything Josh says—though it's fair to say we are the yin yang of Tantrum.
His question got me thinking: Is referring to what happens in rehearsal or classes as "working out" self-righteous—holier-than-thou, smugly moralistic, hypocritically pious? Even a little bit?
I don't think so. At least, it's certainly not meant to be.
This is "rehearsal":
- dry run (a practice session in preparation for a public performance, as of a play or speech or concert)
- a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory
- exercise: the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit.
And at its best, getting together with Tantrum or Spite or going to class feels a lot more like going to the gym than memorizing lines and blocking and trying different line readings. It might be different if we spent all our time practicing games and formats or polishing the presentation of the show...
What I want from a 2-3 hour session with other improvisers is to isolate and strengthen muscles and tone and define my technique and skills. I want to get something new out of an exercise every time I try it, because as I get stronger, I can go deeper into it. I want discipline. I want long-term results.
No moratorium for me. I'm going to keep working out. (Seriously good question, though...)