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You must see two full-length plays or musicals as part of this course during the semester! You must write a play review for both plays (one review for each) and your play reviews MUST follow my instructions CLOSELY - see below! New Revisions in light of COVID-19 1. Due to the health crisis, you will need to see a play with one of the following methods I have posted below. I am post other live theatre options online that you can review. You must see a full-length play or musical using one of the sites below. If you want to review from a different site, you MUST ask me first! --Digital Theatre + (GCC has a FREE account and they usually have a FREE one week trial) to an external site.) For DT+ try these: username: dtremote / password: dtremote OR try this user ID and password to see if they still work - Group username: student.glendaleCC Group password: dt123 --Broadway HD (one week free trial): (Links to an external site.) Offers a one week free membership. --PBS (select plays not films): Download the FREE PBS app to see one of their excellent selection of plays and musicals recorded live. OR Google "PBS Great Performances" or "PBS Broadway" or click here: (Links to an external site.) --National Theatre Live (Youtube channel): (Links to an external site.) CUT AND PASTE THE QUESTIONS BELOW INTO A WORD DOC. THE PLAY OR MUSICAL MUST BE SEEN THIS TERM! STAND UP COMEDY, SHORT PLAYS (LIKE AN IMPROV SET) OR CIRCUS PERFORMANCES (LIKE CIRCUE DU SOLEIL) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR PLAY REVIEWS! Review #1 and Review #2 must be of any full-length professional or collegiate play that you can find online using the sources above and that was recorded in front of a live audience. A full-length play/musical = 80 minutes or longer. GUIDELINES: A "critique" as defined by the Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary as “an act of criticizing; a critical estimate or discussion; the art of evaluating or analyzing with knowledge and propriety works of art or literature.” TIP: Read examples of critiques through the Los Angeles Times, Burbank Leader, New York Times, Variety, and other sources to see what critics focus on. Also, the textbook briefly outlines a theatre critic’s duties. PLAY REVIEW FORM RUBRIC: 10% of overall grade total. -All questions are answered clearly with proper grammar and spelling as well as specific designer, actor, director names given as evidence to back up statements. (4%) -You have included critical thought and analysis within the answers, with specific evidence to back up general statements and opinions (HINT: Use designer names, actor names, and other specifics here as well). (4%) -You have an understanding of terminology such as theme, plot, and summary. (2%). TOTAL = (10% / 10 points) Other items to consider when writing your play review: Content and Analysis Is there a mature approach to subject matter? Was there use of slang incomplete sentences? Is this college level work? Class concepts/general theatre Are there specifics on acting, directing, theme, technical theatre? Does the critique / review present conclusions based on class/textbook concepts? Grammar/Spelling/Sentence Structure Does the critique present adequate support of opinions and does it have good grammar and spelling? Following Directions/Proof of Attendance You must submit on time. Late work cannot be accepted. Note deadlines. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: How does one write a critique/review? A: First place to start is research. Either a newspaper or internet server can help you here. Do not “cut and paste” the synopsis from a website. Use your own ideas and critical thought. Q: What is contained in a critique? A: What was your experience like? Was this your first time seeing this particular play? What were your expectations? Did those expectations change? Since you are “analyzing” as stated in the definition above, how would this compare to other works that you have experienced. How was the acting? The story? The technical elements (such as costumes, set design, sound design)? Q: What if I completely disliked the experience? A: I would like to know about it. A particular production isn’t for everyone, but I would like to know why. You are analyzing it from a critical point of view, which means explaining to an “audience” who hasn’t been to the play or film about the experience and why or why they shouldn’t attend. Other HELPFUL HINTS: - Write in “third person” – rather than “I really liked this show”, state your opinion so you are giving a general perspective: “PCPA’s production clearly depicted the playwright’s intention through the directorial concept and portrayal of the complex characters” - Take a pencil and pad with you when you watch the performance to jot ideas down. - Use the names of the actors, director, and designers in your critique (information that is found in the program). Be specific as possible. Where can I find the names of the performers? Producer? Designers? Playwright? Watch the end credits and/or do research if needed. PLAY REVIEW FORM QUESTIONS: Cut and paste and include them in a document, convert it to a PDF and then submit it under the correct assignment link. You can also type in manually here if you’d prefer, just make sure you answer all of the questions listed in order to receive full credit. NOTE: This is not an essay, but I do expect well written sentences when asked to comment. For the ratings section, you may highlight or simply include your rating AND a brief comment about why you scored a certain role (actor, director, etc.) as you did. FORMAT - COPY THE REVIEW FORMAT BELOW AND PASTE IT INTO A WORD DOC: ------------------------------------------PLAY REVIEW # DATE OF REVIEW: FIRST NAME: LAST NAME: PLAY TITLE: AUTHOR/PLAYWRIGHT: PRODUCER(S): THEATRE (Name and Location): PERFORMANCE DATE (ex. 12/22/2017) and DATE YOU WATCHED IT: PLATFORM or SITE used to view the play (e.g. Broadway HD, PBS, etc.): WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCTION FOR OTHERS TO SEE? Why or Why not? Explain briefly. OVERALL REACTION TO THE SHOW: EXPLAIN your OVERALL REACTION (using critical thought). Give a brief justification as to why you rated your overall reaction as you did : BRIEFLY OUTLINE THE STORYLINE OF THE PLAY: WHAT WAS THE THEME OF THE PLAY? (What was the playwright want you to walk away with upon the play’s conclusion?) : DESCRIBE THE TWO MOST COMPELLING ASPECTS OF THE PRODUCTION. EXPLAIN YOUR CHOICE (Aspects of the production include direction, set design, lighting design, costumes, sound design, make up, acting, dance, music, stage combat, etc.) DESCRIBE THE LEAST SUCCESSFUL ASPECT OF THE PRODUCTION. EXPLAIN: WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PLAY’S MOST RELEVANT TOPIC IN REGARD TO YOUR LIFE? (TIP: All stories are relatable to the human condition in one way or another – go deep to explore this through your critical analysis to help find the answer) Below is a scale system 1 -5 (which you may highlight, circle, or indicate how you wish. Remember to use your program to find the names of the artists responsible. TIP: Have you included names and details in your answers above? Back up evidence, which include designer, actor, director names and details from the show will help you be most successful for this assignment and give the reader a sense of attending. Again, ask yourself “WHY?” you rated them as you did. Write a one sentence explanation of why you scored them the way you did. Go beyond one word conclusions to describe (e.g. “boring”). RATE DIRECTION: 1 = BAD; 2= SO-SO; 3= OKAY; 4 = GOOD; 5 = WOW DIRECTOR’S NAME: RATE SET DESIGN: 1 = BAD; 2= SO-SO; 3= OKAY; 4 = GOOD; 5 = WOW SET DESIGNER’S NAME: RATE LIGHTING DESIGN: 1 = BAD; 2= SO-SO; 3= OKAY; 4 = GOOD; 5 = WOW LIGHTING DESIGNER’S NAME: RATE COSTUME DESIGN: 1 = BAD; 2= SO-SO; 3= OKAY; 4 = GOOD; 5 = WOW COSTUME DESIGNER’S NAME: RATE MAKE-UP DESIGN: 1 = BAD; 2= SO-SO; 3= OKAY; 4 = GOOD; 5 = WOW MAKE-UP DESIGNER’S NAME: RATE OTHER TECHNICAL AREAS (e.g. If there were notable aspects of the production that weren't listed above such as Sound Design, Music, etc.): RATE ACTING: 1 = BAD; 2= SO-SO; 3= OKAY; 4 = GOOD; 5 = WOW If it was a one person show, just list one actor. ACTOR’S NAME: ACTOR’S NAME: ACTOR’S NAME: PreviousNext
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------------------------------------------PLAY REVIEW #
DATE OF REVIEW: February, 06 2020.
PLAY TITLE: 15 Heroines.
The war.
Lettie Precious, Sabrina Mahfouz, Charlotte Jones, Abi Zakarian and Hannah Khalil.
The Desert.
De Angelis, Isley Lynn, Chinonyerem Odimba, Stella Duffy and Lorna French.
The Labyrinth.
Bryony Lavery, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Samantha Ellis, Natalie Haynes and Juliet Gilkes
PRODUCER(S): Adjoa Andoh, Tom Littler And Cat Robey.
THEATRE (Name and Location): Jermyn Street Theatre.
PERFORMANCE DATE: 9 November -22 November 2020.
DATE YOU WATCHED: February, 06 2020.
PLATFORM or SITE used to view the play: Digital Theatre Plus

Why not? Explain briefly.

This play is quite recommended to any novice or experienced drama or theatre performance
enthusiast. The play is a successful re-voicing of the famous Greek tales which depicts the
unwavering support women give to their hero lovers. Filmed during the pandemic, people get to
stream ancient stories in a ventriloquy style.
EXPLAIN your OVERALL REACTION (using critical thought). Give a brief justification
as to why you rated your overall reaction as you did :
The reinvention of this tale is quite multif...

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