Most want to play every hand. They force it. Push it. Actors moving from one cattle call to the next. Once in a while this or that production captures and challenges a certain time and place. But mostly it's second best... Nice hand, but a loser none the less. On to the next audition.
Theater finds the zeitgeist, the spirit and flow of the game. Sometimes it limps along, holding the winning hand but setting the trap while the other forces of society lead. Sometimes it is totally absent, but still active, attentive, always knowing the other players' strategies and moves. When the stakes are high and a win is imminent, push in all your chips.