There is simply no way to tell someone how bad a bad Broadway show can be. Usually, the listener substitutes the worst movie he's seen lately and figures he's approximating the experience. But bad shows, really bad ones, are a long way from "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini".
In the first place, shows take place in legitimate theatres, so there is an inevitable feeling of expectation. But more important, those are real actors suffering up there, and their anguish is such that you can't mock them; you can make wisecracks at the screen knowing full well you're not going to hurt Annette Funicello's feelings.

William Goldman, "The Season"
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