How to write about theatre performances

It’s the theatre season in my town of Ashland, Oregon, and I’m keeping up with the play reviews and talking with reviewers about what makes a good review. Reviewing a play is different than
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It’s the theatre season in my town of Ashland, Oregon, and I’m keeping up with the play reviews and talking with reviewers about what makes a good review. Reviewing a play is different than reviewing a book or even a film. For those of you whom might find yourselves called on to write a review, here are some tips. Minimize the summary— For book reviews, summary can be useful, even necessary. In a play, not so much. Unless it is a premiere, the play’s plot is likely to be well-known and many will have seen it before in other theaters. So extensive summary is usually redundant. Identify the vision—Instead of telling what happens, focus on the director’s vision of the performance. How does the director give the work a new relevance or cause us to think about the work in fresh ways? How does the piece reach out to new audiences or challenge old ones? Or both. Research the production—If the company has performed the play before, readers may be interested in how this version differs from. . .

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