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This assignment asks that you watch a live theatre performance to attend with the intention of analyzing it and then writing a typed review/evaluation of the performance.

How to Write a Critique for a Theatrical Performance

A critique is an evaluation of a performance of a show. It should contain five paragraphs.

Paragraph 1The Basics
Include the answers to the three Ws:

Who (the playwright, directors, and actors What (the title of the play)
Why (In a few sentences, state the basic theme of the show)

Paragraph 2The Plot
Briefly summarize the plot of the show:

How well did the story work? Was it interesting, entertaining?

Paragraph 3The Acting
Reactions to the performers playing the characters in the play:

Use their real names and character names
Were they believable?
How was their volume and articulation?
Did their gestures and body movement stay true to the character?

Paragraph 4The Design
Set: *Did it establish a definite mood and correct time period for the play? Lights: *Did they convey appropriate mood, emphasis, and brightness? Costumes and Makeup: *Were they true to the period of the show and to the characters? Sound: *How did the sound effects and music contribute to the shows mood?

*If this performance was a musical, what is your opinion of the orchestras performance?

Paragraph 5The Reaction
What was your opinion of the show as a whole?

Remember to:
A judgment or recommendation would you recommend others see this play?

Back up all your opinions with valid reasons.
Be objective, fair, and sincere.
Evaluate the entire production.
Be constructive. Indicate good points along with those you felt needed improvement.

Enjoy the showdont go to be overly critical.

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