The article below made so much sense to me that I thought it worthy of inclusion here. I would encourage you to have a look at the original website The Ethical Spectacle.
Title: How to Review a Play (and how to be reviewed)
Byline: By Jonathan Wallace
Date of Original publication: Nov 2008
Location of Original Publication: The Ethical Spectacle (http://www.spectacle.org/1108/review.html)
Copyright: Jonathan Wallace
I recently had the privilege of watching my fifth full length play in a full production. I have been lucky enough to receive at least one rave review for every play, but have also had my share of mixed and negative reviews and a couple of outright pans. I feel I have learned a lot about the rules of reviewing plays, and that there is also a set of rules worth discussing about how to be reviewed. This essay is my attempt to set forth both proposed rule-books.