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How to Write like a Critic and Create a Review

Writer's Craft CPT

Valerie Larocque

on 26 February 2012

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Everyone's a Critic The Theater Examining How to Review and Critique Valerie Larocque mainly report what their subject is,through describing, explaining and summarizing what has been experienced. Reviewer: Critic: to seriously and intellectually evaluate works, compare them with past pieces/experiences and compare artists/contributors. 1. ENJOY... what you are reviewing! 2. DON'T give away too much! 3. Be specific! ? ? 5 R eviewing R ules! 4. Avoid being over-the-top! 5. Know what you're talking about! Fashion Travel Movies Theater Music ART Novels FOOD Electronics "a child kneeling in the corridor, his eye to the keyhole, looks at two grownups arguing in a locked room – the aperture of the keyhole small; the figures shadowy, mostly out of sight; the voices indistinct, isolated threats without meaning, isolated glimpses…I wonder (sometimes) what it is that the people who run television think about the war, because they have given us this keyhole view; we have given them airwaves, and now, at this crucial time, they have given back to us this keyhole view – and I wonder if they truly think that those isolated glimpses of elbow, face, a swirl of a dress (who is that other person anyway?) are all that we children can stand to see of what is going on inside the room..." Michael J. Arlen 1960 Vietnam War Paragraph Plan hy does this work? W Metaphor Character Fluidity 7 Lead Paragraph 1: Paragraph 2: Story Paragraph 3: Production Paragraph 4: The Leads Paragraph 5: Supporting Characters & Ensemble Paragraph 6: Tech Paragraph 7: Closer Opening statement of your review that grabs the reader's attention. Two types of leads that are commonly used: "Zinger" - catchy opening statement that plays off of the play's plot. "Dramatic describer" - describes captivating, dramatic, or serious moments in the show Common to include history and background of the show. (How long has it been playing? Who wrote it? Has it won awards?) Synopsis given in 2 - 4 well crafted sentences Remember: Don't give away too much! Be specific! Broad observations are made about the overall production. Make both criticisms and praise about the show. Put major criticisms and opinions further in the review Lead: main characters within the story with sufficient stage time and chracter development. Three ways to mention leads: Mention each of them seperately Combine mentions (if you thought their performances were equal standing) Not mention them at all Ensemble: A recognizable group or unit that frequently appears on stage together throughout the performance. Featured: Chacter that is significant to story but is not a lead role. Cameo: a character that creates a memorable scene, does not have significant stage time. Mention all performance criticisms here. Includes: Sets, lights, sound, props & effects, stage crew, hair & make-up, Pick 2 - 3 of these elements mention both successes and faliures Remember: Level of difficulty Final statements about the show. Both criticisms and praises. Try to make closer catchy and memorable. (ex. puns, play on words etc.) Capital Cappies Review circa 2008
All Saints High School – Production: The Foreigner
Written by: Valerie Larocque

When having an irrational fear of people, one would hope to avoid conversation at all costs. In the case of Charlie Baker, his fear turns into a nightmare when he becomes trapped in a household full of strangers in All Saints’ comical production of The Foreigner.

The Foreigner was written by Larry Shue, a comedic playwright who has also written the well-known comedy, The Nerd. Set in the early 1980’s, The Foreigner revolves around Charlie Baker (Jon Margeson), a man who claims to have no personality. In order get away from his sick wife back home, Charlie agrees to travel to Georgia with his good friend Froggy LeSueur (Cameron Reed). Froggy arranges for Charlie and himself to stay with his good friend Betty Meeks (Chelsea Ernhofer) during their 3 day vacation. Froggy introduces Charlie as a foreigner who can’t speak a word of English so that he will not have to interact with those who are staying at Betty’s house. Everyone truly believes that Charlie is a foreigner and freely speaks in front of him. All is well, until Charlie hears secretive conversations between the inhabitants of the house. In fear of being caught in a lie, Charlie embarks on crazy and foreign antics while struggling to disguise his true identity. Questions? ? Final Tips: Theater Watch audience's reaction. Try not to be too opintionated. Watch name spelling
Include brackets when mentioning an actor/actress. fin.
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