For your play critique, you will watch a play and evaluate up to three of the following: Design (focus on one element of design), Directing, and Acting. Be clear about the perspective from which you are reviewing this play. Remember, the Critical Perspectives are
- Social Significance
- Human Significance
- Artistic Quality
- Theatrical Expression
- Entertainment Value
Writing the Critique:
Your will write the theatrical critique after you watch the full play.
Here is a general outline for your critique:
- Identify the play, producing theatre, date, directors, and playwright of the performance you saw. (1 paragraph)
- Give a brief thematic summary of the performance, including concrete evidence of your claim. (1 paragraph)
- Identify elements of the performance that support your thesis. Describe these elements with detail and precision.
- This is where you tell us what elements you plan to discuss: the acting, lighting design, set design, directing, sound design, choreography, etc.
- Interpret, analyze, and evaluate the elements you identified.
- Your goal here is to spend equal time evaluating each of the three elements you’ve decided to discuss. If you spend 5 paragraphs discussing the acting and 1 paragraph discussing the lighting design, you will not earn full credit for this assignment.
- Summarize your discussion and draw a conclusion about the play based on the evidence you have presented. (1-2 paragraphs)
Word Count: 1,200 words
Source Citations: MLA “Works Cited” page referencing the video of the play you watch
Font: Times New Roman, 12 point