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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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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.

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How To contibute Reviews

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How To Review A Show

This website allows you to publish and read reviews of performances.

To do so:

  1. Register on this site as a user. Enter a user-name and your email address. Allow the Site Administrator a day or two to see your registration and activate it. You should be sent an email containing your new password. I strongly suggest that you change your password to something new as soon as you've successfully logged on for the first time
  2. You are now registered
  3. Browse through the "Opening Soon, Onstage Now, or Archive topics, click on the story about the show that you saw.
  4. When the show's details open there should be an option near the top of the page for you to view or add a review. Select the "Add" option.
  5. Write your review and submit. It's that easy!
  6. If that option isn't available try adding a comment to the story.
  7. Alternatively if your review isn't about a play that already has a story on this site you can submit a news story of your own as a "special review". Within reason I'll accept any review about any play regardless of which theatre company has put on the play. They must be, however, about a play performed within New Zealand. It must be written by you and must not be defamatory in any way.
  8. The review or comment or story then gets sent to the site moderator who will check it to make sure it's OK to be uploaded onto the website (usually I'll get to it the same day, but sometimes it may be up to a couple or three days if I'm very busy. This vetting is to prevent uncontrolled automated spammy rubbish from being added to the site)
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Theatre People 1: The Production Manager/Producer

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

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

The first one is about the role of The Production Manager/Producer.

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How To Review A Show - a short potted how-to guide

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So you want to contribute a review?

Please consider the following points when writing your contribution:

  • Include the who, what, where, when.
  • Write about the casting. Was it well cast or poorly cast? Who were the students/people that were cast? Why do you think they cast it the way they did?
  • Write about the plot. Include a plot description! (If you need help, you can look for one online). Was the plot interesting? Boring? Sad? Funny? Romantic?
  • Consider the theme of the show. What elements make up that theme?
  • Think about the style of the play. How can you tell the type of style this play has? Is there more than one style choice?
  • Comment on the costumes. Did they fit the character? Who designed them?
  • Comment on the set. Does the set add something extra to the play? Who designed/worked on the set? Make sure to give credit!
  • Comment on the lighting and sound. Was there any aspect (good or bad) that made you notice it? What sort of mood did it create, and how well did it support the performance?
  • Talk about the director(s). Try to get an in with them.
  • Discuss memorable quotes. List several examples and explanations into why they are memorable.
  • Give your own opinion. Say what you like and don't like about the play and maybe suggest some improvements.

Add the review to this site either by contributing it as a page in its own right or by clicking on the "add" link near the top of a page about a performance.