I was complaining with Patti, the co-director of West Side Story, about how pick up rehearsals at our community theater really aren't that productive. The cast has a great time blowing off steam and acting zany, since they never take their performances seriously. I suppose there's something useful about the group-bonding/comedy aspect... but for me, as a director (and today as a stage hand) it just seems like we're not utilizing the time well.
Next time I direct, I might not bother with them... This was time I could have spent drawing ducks!