Module 5: The Audience and Theatre Criticism (a.k.a. Production Review)
Read Chapter 11 “The Audience” (pages 299 to 308) in your textbook.
Choose only 5 of these questions to answer. Write your answers in your own words; if you choose to quote from the textbook, remember to identify the source.
Example: Despite many weeks of rehearsals, an actor is expected to “…‘live in the moment’ during…performance” (Cohen & Sherman, 2020, p. 5) as though this is the first time for the character to say these words and do these actions.
1 11 List the five perspectives to consider when reviewing a production.
2 11 Explain how “human significance” is part of theatre.
3 11 List questions that address “artistic quality.”
4 11 Explain how judgment is subjective.
5 11 How does history affect “theatrical expression”?6 11 How does “entertainment value” affect those in the audience?
7 11 What is the difference between professional criticism and newspaper reviews?
8 11 How can amateur reviewers share their opinions of a production? [HINT: Think digital!]
9 11 What makes an audience member an observant critic?
10 11 What makes an audience member a sensitive critic?
11 11 What makes an audience member an articulate critic?