Why was there no order to the skulls? Is the reviewer able to discern the vision of the production and the execution of that vision? How to Learn from Critics of the Past 3. How to Write About the Production The hardest reviews to write are not about the shows you passionately loved or hatedbut about ones that were just so-so.
Do they offer evidence to support their opinions?
Along the way this accessible, moderate, helpful and very thorough book suggests learn-the-ropes exercises.
Since you will not be expected to discuss all aspects of the production, focus your thesis on one or two major concerns that the performance has or has not addressed. Does the reviewer let their personal opinion of a play colour their review?
Writing the Introduction The introduction should include the following: The tempest scene in Lear utilized a particularly hostile set in order to universalize the suffering depicted throughout the play. But then we went to see another play he also gave a five star review to and we hated it.
If you are aiming to get your review published in a newspaper or on a reviews websitethen you will need to write your review to a certain length and to fit a particular format. In as brief and precise a manner as possible, describe in detail the physical aspects of what you saw performed.
Note the vivid description of what was seen, and the use of detail to convey that vividness. This part of the paper requires the most thought and organization and consequently receives the most attention from your reader.
Is this show any good? Like all things, it takes practice. Allow yourself to develop your own distinctive voiceand be honest about what you really think about a production: Smart theatre publicists and marketing departments know these bloggers are invaluable and will facilitate access by offering free tickets to those who write regularly and engagingly.
How to Structure a Review 9. Fisher very helpfully breaks down writing about theatre into two ways of dealing with things such as audience, production, emotions, context and more.
The Review Remember that in the body of the paper you are obliged to deal specifically with each element of the production that you mentioned in the introduction and thesis.
How to Write the First Sentence 8. Share via Email Compare and contrast Why were the lights dimmed at the beginning of the scene? A review is a subjective but educated response to a piece of theatre.
Oh, and have fun. What should we learn from a review? How to Write About Plays A Format for Writing Theatre Reviews Created by Jeff Bengford Paragraph When On Thursday, June 11 #1 What I saw an original musical called “Tiger Stripes”.
Writing the Review; Preparing to Write a Play Review. Below are some tips to help you prepare to write a play review: The Nature of the Assigment; Before You Attend the Production; Attending the Production. The Nature of the Assignment.
Because the performance of any play is such an ephemeral experience, writing a play review can be an exciting, though difficult, task. • Once at the theatre, read the program and take notes of the dramaturgical/lobby display (if available).
• Before the performance starts, take notes on the venue and organization of the theatre space. • Immediately write down your first impressions. (Do this during the performance if possible, or right after the performance is over.
Fisher very helpfully breaks down writing about theatre into two ways of dealing with things such as audience, production, emotions, context and more. He even discusses star ratings, writing about your own bias and how to write about culture, society and politics.
Play Review Outline-- The New Ensemble HOW TO WRITE A PLAY REVIEW Since plays are meant to be seen and heard rather than read, a play review is very different than a report on the play itself. It requires a discerning eye and active engagement to give constructive feedback as a.
How to Write about Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers by Mark Fisher (review) Allan Davis Theatre Topics, Volume 27, Number 1, Marchpp.