The Final Module of the semester is an opportunity to apply all of the concepts explored in course instruction by viewing a professional play.
Professional Plays can be viewed at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Goodman Theatre, or a theatre equivalent. Viewing a professional live theatre production is an opportunity to explore theatre from an audiences’ perspective. It also provides a clear look into persons pursing theatre full-time. The work should be polished, innovative, and should display a high level of expertise. This is the optimal experience for persons enrolled into an Introduction to Theatre course.
However, to accommodate all schedules, there are three Audience Alternative options for your viewing pleasure.
If you are able to view a professional show experience,
A.) Please upload a copy of your program and ticket stub to Blackboard
B.) Also, in 250 words, please provide a short synopsis of your experience using the Critical Criteria found on page 40.
- What was being attempted?
- Have the intentions been achieved?
- Was the attempt worthwhile?
Below is an alternative to the Assignment:
If you are not able to travel and view a professional show, please view the film version of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS below and write a 5-10 paper covering your experiences. Please use the Guide to Writing a Theatre Critique (found in this digital booklet and posted in a PDF document via Blackboard)
If you are unable to access a paid site above, a free high school version is available via YouTube as an alternative.
- Little Shop of Horrors- JHS Theatre 2015
a.) The Professional Show experience is recommended first. Please submit a ticket stub, program, and 250 word Short Synopsis listed above.
b.) If you are unable to attend a live performance, please view the Film Version of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS as the Second Alternative and submit a 5-10 page review.
c.) If you are unable to access the film version notes above, please view the Youtube version as a last resort and submit a 5-10 page review.
Guide to Writing a Theatre Critique
Note: In order to receive credit, please make certain to include a program and ticket stub with your submission. Please submit via Blackboard. Please contact Professor Izlar if you should have difficulty.
1. Thesis Statement
a. Supported throughout the critique (yes) (no)
2. Brief Synopsis
a. Was the synopsis used as an effective foundation and/or lever for discussion points?
3. History of play
a. Other works of playwright (yes) (no)
b. Themes typically explored by playwright in other works are presented (yes) (no)
c. Other locations/ venues of production? (yes) (no)
4. Theme Statement
a. If/then statement is utilized (yes) (no)
b. Statement includes cause and effect (yes) (no)
a. Favorite and least favorite actors/actresses are discussed including analysis of students’
viewpoint. (Remember: It is NOT enough to say “I loved it” or “I hated it”. Why do you
feel this way? What would you have done differently? Why?)
b. Did the actors live “truthfully in imagined circumstances”? Why or Why not?
c. Were the actors cast consistent with the style of acting required by the piece?
d. In regards to articulation, were you able to understand the actors? Why or why not?
e. If dialects were used, were they believable and/or effective?
• Did the director’s concept support the playwright’s vision?
• Were the visual elements used effectively?
e. Black box (capable of being used as a proscenium, thrust, arena, or stadium space)
• If a black box space was used, please state which theater space(s) were most
prominent in executing the production.
a. Which props were used? Were the props used effectively?
b. How were the props used? I.e. Was pantomimed used in telling the story?
• If so, was the pantomime effective?
a. Describe the set.
• Was it a unit set? (yes) (no)
b. Describe the scenery.
c. How was the space used? (consider production concept and blocking)
d. Were there changes in location? (yes) (no)
• If so, how was the transitions executed?
1. Were transitions executed effectively? Why or why not?
a. Discussion of characters’ apparel: Were the costume choices in line with the given circumstances and personalities of the characters?
a. How was the lighting utilized? Did it add or take away from the mood of the play? Was it effective?
a. Did the sound design work well? Was it a welcomed addition or a distraction? Why? Was the sound necessary for the production to be effective?
13. Special effects
a. Discuss the use of special effects if applicable.
14. Playwright/ Director
a. What was the goal of the playwright and the director? Were they similar or different? Why or Why not? How were the goal(s) of the playwright(s) and/or director(s) executed? Was the attempt worthwhile? Why or Why not?
a. What did you learn and/or take away from this performance experience?
a. Was the paper summed up with a thorough conclusion connecting to the thesis?