ENGL 102 Play Evaluation

ENGL 102 Play Evaluation – Extra Credit Assignment – 2-3 pages

View a play can be an exciting, though difficult task. You have to be both spectator taking in and enjoying the performance and critical analyst of the production itself. You have to be able to provide a very brief summary of the play, a close objective analysis of the performance you attend, and an interpretation and evaluation of the entire ensemble of staging, acting, directing, and so on.

Note that you are not asked to simply summarize the plot or give an opinion regarding the play; your review must be grounded in the production itself. Your job is to describe the production accurately, and then to render a value judgment of it based upon what you have seen and what you expected. The assignment will test your skill as an observer and critic of the production.

You are NOT asked to cover every actor, every costume change, every set change, and so on; instead, the assignment demands that you develop a few key ideas in thoughtful detail. Remember to be objective andcritical. Your tone will be very important in making your review reliable and intelligent.

Attending the production:

Attend the play with an open mind, a willingness to accept the play as the director has presented it in the production.

Why the choice of costumes, and why the set design?

How did the actors deliver their lines (seriously, comically, realistically, formally)? Were there any significant actions or gestures that contributed to the play’s meaning?

Were there “special effects” utilized (consider lighting, sound, audience participation, machinery)?

What kind of stage does the director have at his disposal?

Are the actors professionals, amateurs, or students? Are the actors capable of dealing the script’s requirements? (Be fair to the actors in your assessment of their talents and level of their craftsmanship)

Write an overall evaluate the performance.