Please see below for the guidelines on writing a critique for the plays you see.
The three productions you need to see must be critiqued in this format. If you see a play for extra credit, the requirement is a 300 word response.
This assignment will be submitted to Vericite so please ensure you are citing any sources or quotes you use and are using your own words.
PLAY CRITIQUE INFORMATION SHEET
You are required to attend both City Theatre productions this semester and one professional/community/college play.
You will then then submit a critique for each play.
You may see other productions (not high school) for extra credit, see the Module, Extra Credit, for more information.
Your second Critique is due December 6 by 11:59 pm., which is a Monday.
Guidelines for your critique are as follows:
600 – 750 words (2.5 – 3 pages)
MLA or APA formatting: Double spaced, 1” margins all around, 12pt font (Times, Cambria, Calibri)
Title page like this on a separate page, centered and double space
Title of Play (underlined)
Course Name, Meeting time
Below is one of the best descriptions of how to write an evaluative critique (not to be confused with a review). It is from the University of Wisconsin and is quite in depth. . It will be the springboard for our critiques.
It was formulated for a Face to Face class, however, other than word count and uploading through Turnitin, it is perfect for our use:
Instructions for writing a Critique: University of Wisconsin – How to Review a Play (Links to an external site.)
This article is a very useful, overall description of how to write a critique. It looks at structure, composition, and overall best practices
The critique for this class uses the specific model developed by the playwright and critic, Goethe, in the late 18th century. It continues to be one of the best ways to think about a work of art.
Goethe model can be distilled down to three simple questions:
1. What was the artist, director, production trying to do?
2. How well did they do it?
3. Was it worth doing?
The University of Wisconsin article will inform how you structure your critique while answering the three questions posed by Goethe.
We will use this format for all three critiques.
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