Performance Review’s Basic Format
Include name of production, venue, date
Remember to organize your review into paragraph form and pay attention to spelling and grammar!
- Description: describe the production (what you saw and heard)
- Describe the audience and the performance venue (not relevant for video reviews)
- Describe the structure of the piece (episodic, climactic, etc.)
- Describe the acting or performance style
- Describe the world of the piece (sets, lighting, costumes, etc.)
- Describe staging conventions (example: do performers acknowledge the spectators?)
2. Interpretation: interpret the production (refer to programs and other sources)
- What was it about to you? (Do not include a plot synopsis. You can assume your reader is familiar with the play.)
- What do you think was the artist’s intention—desired effect on the audience? (Why here? Why now?)
3. Evaluation: evaluate what you saw within the context of what you think they were attempting
- Was the intention worthwhile?
- How effectively did it fulfill what you believe was the intention?
- How did the spectators respond?
- Would you recommend the production?
Writing Assignment Format
Papers should be submitted as Word Documents. All written assignments must be typed in 12-pt. font. Use one-inch margins, double space, and indent paragraphs five spaces (one Tab). Include your name, course name, date, a title, and page numbers. Use MLA formatting.