Don’t deny – the second rule of improv theater

2) Don’t deny. “Any time you refuse an offer made by your partner your scene will almost instantly come to a grinding halt,” states improvencyclopedia.org.

We all know what it feels like to be denied. You are glowing, inspired. There is a spring in your step; you take a chance and speak your mind. It’s something you are excited about, so you tell someone and the next thing you know, they are laughing at you or just dismissing your idea with a roll of the eyes.

You are shut down. Denied.  The rejection that deflates us in our personal interactions also swiftly sinks a stage production. This is not allowed.

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About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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