Performance Review’s Basic Format

Performance Review’s Basic Format

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!

  1. 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.

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