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The "Fun" Part!
Transcript of The "Fun" Part!
"How to See a Play"
What should you bring with you to the performance?
A basic understanding of the art form and your role in it
Know something about the work
Read the Program!
this can inform you about the historical period of the play, or a particular approach the director has to the production
Check out the surroundings
This is the set from
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
in NYC-rock musical written by Michael Friedman; Book and direction by Alex Timbers
"Take Away" Terms
-These are what the playwright indicates IN the script through stage directions and dialogue the circumstances of the play--such as time place, passage of time, age/gender/class of characters, backstory etc. Do they actually relate to what is in the script?
-Each play might have it's own theatrical convention such as mimed action or using light to represent something that isn't materially on stage. As yourself, do: Do they work?
-Do the actors interpret the characters in a way that is in keeping with script and the tone of the production overall.?
-do the elements of design and including any and all detail, more or less abstraction, textures and lines as realized in the costumes and setting help you understand the story or confuse you?
**all productions INTERPRET a script **
Reading a play Versus SEEING A PLAY
Play analysis analyzes the craft of the playwright alone
when reading a play you should always imagine what it might look like
you can study a play script indefinitely because you will always have it
a playwright writes for a general audience they may never meet
Performance analysis requires that you take in with all of your senses HOW it works
a performance is concieved of for a particular audience
you cannot capture the performance so you must rely on your experience and your memory of the experience to analyze it
Remember that the word theatre means "seeing place" and auditorium means "hearing place"--It's your job to do both when you attend a performance!
Two Different examples of the same play: T
he Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
And yet another example; another interpretation of
The Glass Menagerie
Today we're talking about
(how might it work?)
(how does it work?)
in contrast to
(how does it work?)
Performance analysis asks you to evaluate what happens during a particular performance: how does an actor interpret character through movement and sound (beyond the words)? What do the costumes, scenery, and light contribute to the telling of the story?
What is the "Style" of a play? You can determine this by considering the following:
are there abstractions?
detail (ask yourself how much detail (minimal or excessive?) and what is it?
material-(what are items onstage made of? rope? leather, wood, water?)
line and texture ( what are the colors? what are the lines? Crooked or straight?