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How to Write a Theater Review

[Summary]BBC Bitesize To evaluate something is to measure its worth. It demands considered judgement and analysis. To evaluate drama and theatre you must be able to recognise what was and wasn't successful onstage and recognise all the elements that contribut

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To evaluate something is to measure its worth. It demands considered judgement and analysis. To evaluate drama and theatre you must be able to recognise what was and wasn’t successful onstage and recognise all the elements that contribute to the impact of a production. If you’re writing about theatre it may be to evaluate your own work or that of others in a production you’ve seen. A written account of the strengths and weaknesses of a show is called a review.

How to Write a Good Theater Review | eHow

Begin with a strong and compelling lede that states the most important element of the production and your evaluation of it. Set the tone for the rest of the review with the opening. Provide a brief synopsis of the plot without including spoilers or dwelling too long on a retelling. Write what worked and what didn't work about a show but don't simply say "the acting was bad." Be specific about what worked or didn't work. Whenever you criticize something, provide a detail that supports the opinion. Provide enough detail so a reader may determine whether she would like the show. Write the review in third person. If you are going to violate this rule, make sure you earn the right to express your opinions in first person by making the first-person voice compelling, strong and appropriate. Keep opinions professional. Do not make personal comments about an actor, director or crew member. Do not make comments about a person's appearance unless it is relevant to the role being played. It is not necessary to comment upon every actor in a show, but discuss those who made particularly strong contributions -- whether positive or negative -- to a production. Give a recommendation as to whether the reader should see the show.

Theatre Review/Analysis

If you are reading this, you have probably been assigned to write a review of live theatre. A great way to learn how this is done is to read reviews in newspapers.To your left are examples of particularly well-written student theatre reviews. The first is Bettina Lewis's review of Suzan-Lori Parks Top Dog/Underdog produced in May 2004 at the Hartford Stage. The second is Jeff Depta's review of Edward Albee's The Goat, produced in May 2004 at Theatreworks.

theatre review: Romeo and Juliet: The Greatest Hate Story Ever Told

theatre review: Romeo and Juliet: The Greatest Hate Story Ever Told

A Few Excellent Actors Can...t Save Otherwise Turbulent, Unimpressive Production

By Jacqueline O’Connor
ARTS EDITOR

Romeo and Juliet

American Repertory Theatre

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Gadi Roll

Loeb Drama Center, Harvard Square

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If you are out to see a movie on a big screen, you have many multi-screen locations around. The theater seats may be of a higher quality but the staff, film selections, concessions, atmosphere pale in comparison of the Fountain Theater in Mesilla, NM. Next door is La Posta De Mesilla restaurant with a door that leads into the theater. Grab a beer or wine and relax for a wonderful movie. If you want something none alcoholic, there are snack, candy, fresh popcorn with real butter, and bunt cake. Relax at cafe tables in the back or seat in the theater seats that take one backs to the days of afternoon matinee. The selection of movies are thoughtful and begs the question, "Why aren't more theaters showing these movies." Get to the theater before the movie begins as the doors will lock so that those seated are not disturbed by newcomers (I like this). Also, you are warned, nicely, to turn your cell phones off (don't be rude, it is the right thing to do.) The staff is knowledgeable and passionate about the films the show, so be sure to be there for the introduction and information on up coming films. In addition, it is very affordable. It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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