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How to Review a Play (and how to be reviewed) by Jonathan Wallace

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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.
David Murray

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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.

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Wellington Actors' Group

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Introducing: The Wellington Actors' Group
URL: http://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingtonactors/

 

The Wellington Actors' Group (aka WAG) is a group on Facebook for posting auditions or services for local Wellington talent.

It's a great place for actors searching for shows, and for producers/directors/writers to hunt down our local talent.

WAG is set up for the sole purpose of making it easier for actors to find shows, or be able to collaborate to create new works. It also hopes to bridge the gap for those wishing to move up from amateur roles to professional, or for taking the first steps at turning a hobby into a career.

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SPECIAL REVIEW: In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Stagecraft Theatre, Wellington. September 2011

SPECIAL REVIEW: In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Stagecraft Theatre, Wellington. September 2011
Performed by Stagecraft Theatre, Wellington
Directed by Rob Ormsby
Season: until 17 September 2011
Reviewed by: Ewen Coleman


It is late Victorian England and the lights are going on all over country; Edison has just discovered electricity. But the age of enlightenment has yet to reach the citizens, especially with regard to the marriage bed and repression and male dominance is still rampant. As a result female “hysteria” is on the increase (it also occurs on occasions in men too!). But with the introduction of electricity a doctor thinks he has invented the perfect cure, the vibrator.

And thus arises the sub-title of Sarah Ruhl’s fascinating, funny and quirky play In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play that covers a myriad of themes including love, marriage, sexuality, wet nursing and much more.

Dr Givings (Geoff Simmons) sets up his contraption in his operating room while his wife Catherine (Emma Smith) languishes in the room next door. Aided by his clinically efficient nurse Annie (Venetia Verner), Dr Givings is far more interested in administering to his patients than administering to the needs of his wife.
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REVIEW: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, reviewed by Tanya Piejus

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Written By Jim Cartwright
Performed by Stagecraft Theatre, Wellington
Directed by Mark Da Vanzo
Venue: The Gryphon Theatre
Season: 6-16 July 2011
Reviewed by Tanya Piejus

The story of Little Voice became world famous in 1998 when it was made into a film starring Jane Horrocks. However, Horrocks was reprising her original role in Sam Mendes’ 1992 production of Jim Cartwright’s less well-known “Northern Fairytale” of a play on which the film was based.

The play tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her loud and out-of-control mother, Mari. Desperately missing her dead father, LV as she is known, spends her time locked in her bedroom listening to his old record collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas, including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield.
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Oleanna, reviewed by Tanya Piejus

Oleanna by David Mamet
Performed by Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe
Directed by John Marwick
Venue: Muritai School Hall
Season: 23-25 June, 30 June and 1,2 July at 8 pm, doors from 7.30 pm
Reviewed by Tanya Piejus

Given the hoo-ha raised this week over Alasdair Thompson’s inappropriate comments about ‘women’s sick problems’ once a month, it’s apposite that Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe is performing David Mamet’s controversial treatise on old-school male power versus radical feminism.

Mamet’s controversial script is based on the real-life case in the US of Anita Hill who alleged her supervisor Clarence Thomas had made provocative and harassing sexual statements while she was a student.
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Theatre People 6: The Director

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There are a number of excellent articles over on the website of the American Association of Community Theatre.

This is the sixth in a series of extracts from those articles and a link so that if you want to read more you can get to the entire article.

The sixth one is about the role of  The Director.

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Theatre People 5: The Lighting Designer

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There are a number of excellent articles over on the website of the American Association of Community Theatre.

This is the fifth in a series of extracts from those articles and a link so that if you want to read more you can get to the entire article.

The fifth one is about the role of  The Lighting Designer.

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Theatre People 4: The Sound Designer

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There are a number of excellent articles over on the website of the American Association of Community Theatre.

This is the fourth in a series of extracts from those articles and a link so that if you want to read more you can get to the entire article.

The fourth one is about the role of Sound Designer.

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Theatre People 3: The Costime Designer

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There are a number of excellent articles over on the website of the American Association of Community Theatre.

This is the third in a series of extracts from those articles and a link so that if you want to read more you can get to the entire article.

The third one is about the role of The Costume Designer.

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Theatre People 2: The Set Designer

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There are a number of excellent articles over on the website of the American Association of Community Theatre.

This is the second in a series of extracts from those articles and a link so that if you want to read more you can get to the entire article.

The second one is about the role of The Set Designer.