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GUIDELINES FOR WRITING A CRITIQUE-PERFORMANCE REVIEW
1. Must be typed and double-spaced with a 12 point font.
2. The critique should be a minimum of 2 FULL pages in length. (Points will be deducted for papers shorter than 2 full pages.)
3. No critiques will be accepted late. Problems? See me!
NOTE: The theatrical definition of criticism is to evaluate a production for its worth to you as a spectator. To effectively critique/review a performance, you should be able to discuss the positive and negative aspects of the play based upon your knowledge of theatre. Critiques/reviews are NOT plot summaries. If you only write about plot points of the show, you will get a 0 on your paper!!!!
You MUST give specific details from the performance (INCLUDING THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHOW AFTER INTERMISSION IF THERE IS ONE) throughout your paper!! I MUST be able to tell you went to THIS unique production AND STAYED TO THE END OF THE SHOW!!!! FAILURE TO PROVIDE PRODUCTION DETAILS FROM AFTER INTERMISSION MAY RESULT IN SEVERE CONSEQUENCES!! See class policies for these consequences.
You must stay for the ENTIRE PERFORMANCE!! You CANNOT leave at intermission!!
This paper must be written entirely by yourself. DO NOT WRITE YOUR PAPERS WITH ANOTHER CLASSMATE OR A STUDENT IN ANOTHER SECTION!!!! THIS IS PLAGIARISM AND CANVAS WILL LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING MATCHING IN YOUR PAPER WITH ANOTHER STUDENT’S!!!! The penalty is at MINIMUM a final grade of F for the semester but can carry harsher penalties including EXPULSION FROM THE UNIVERSITY!!!!!!! Unique for EACH paper (don’t plagiarize yourself, please. And do not use quotes from published reviews or documents online!!! I am ONLY interested in your thoughts about the show!!!)
Your paper MUST include ALL of the sections below! You will get 0 points for a section if you omit it from your paper.
YOUR CRITIQUE SHOULD INCLUDE THREE SECTIONS:
1. INTRODUCTION (1 paragraph – 10 points)
The introduction will contain the title of the production, playwright, producing organization (usually the name of the theatre or group), director of the play, and the date and time of the performance. This information is found in the program issued by the theatre. The titles of plays should be underlined or italicized. In your introduction you should have a brief statement as to your overall opinion of the production as a whole. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE A PLOT SUMMARY!
2. BODY (6 paragraphs- 100 points)
This section is the bulk of the paper. In it you will determine how well the artists (actors, designers, etc.) accomplished their goals.
Acting (2 paragraphs – 30 points)
Identify 2 performers you would like to discuss. Citing specifics from the production, note what they did well: particular gestures, lines, or moments. If there was a performer you did not like, identify them and explain why you did not like them. Give concrete examples from the performance to explain why their performances were less successful. Try to describe each performer so as to give the reader a clear image. For example, how did the performer’s voice sound? How did he or she move? Was he or she believable? Were they able to create believable relationships with the other actors in the play? If so, how did they seem to accomplish this? If they weren’t believable, what occurred to impair or destroy believability?
Scenery and Lighting (2 paragraphs – 30 points)
What type of stage did it have: proscenium, thrust, arena, or some other type? How did the stage space relate to audience seating?
What information was conveyed by the scenery about time, place, characters, and situation? How was this information conveyed to you?
Did any colors dominate? How did colors affect your impression of the theater event?
Was the setting a specific place, or was it no recognizable or real locale? Did that choice seem appropriate for the play? If the setting was realistic, how effectively did it reproduce what the place would actually look like? Were there symbolic elements in the scenery? If so, what were they? How did they relate to the play? Give specific details from the performance!!
Describe the mood of the lighting. How was color and intensity used to affect mood? What other characteristics of light were used to affect mood? Were light changes made slowly or quickly? How did this affect the play? Was the lighting appropriate for the mood of each scene? Why or why not? Give specific details from the performance!!
Costumes (1 paragraph – 20 points)
What information was conveyed by the costumes about time, place, characters, and situation? How was this information conveyed to you?
What was the period of the costumes? What was the style? Were the costumes from a period other than the period in which the play was written or originally set? If so, how did this affect the production? Why do you think this choice was made? Give specific details from the performance!!
How was color used to give you clues to the personalities of the characters?
Did each character’s costume or costumes seem appropriate for his or her personality, social status, occupation, etc.? Why or why not?
Did the costumes help you understand conflicts, differing social groups, and interpersonal relationships? If so, how?
Text (1 paragraph – 20 points)
What was the text about? What was the author of the text trying to communicate to the audience? Did the author try to communicate more than one message?
Did you agree with the point of view of the text? Why or why not?
Thinking of the dramatic structure of the play, what was the conflict? What was the inciting incident? Where do you feel the climax of the production was? Was the conflict resolved in this production? How or how not? Please give specific details, unique to this performance (not just the plot.)
CONCLUSION (1 paragraph – 15 points)
Give a one paragraph recommendation of the show. Was it worth the time to