What to Focus on In Your Reviews

When writing a review, it's important to acknowledge all the elements that went into making this production what you see in front of you now. That means mentioning the crew as well as the cast! Ask yourself the following questions when writing a review:

  1. What was the lighting like? Did it help create a certain tone? Were the lighting states inconsistent? Were the actors in the dark half the time?

  2. What impact did the lighting have on the show?

  3. Was the sound noticeable or subtle and underlying the play? Did it fit with the themes of the work or did it feel really jarring? Did elements like voiceovers make sense in the context of the play?

  4. What impact did the sound have on the show?

  5. What did the set look like? Was it too busy? Was it too sparse? Did it set the scene well, and from the minute you walk in you feel as if you are smack bang in the middle of (example) 1950s Southern America

 

Make sure you name the artist when speaking about their work - e.g. Steffany Synge's lighting design was versatile and electrifying, elevating the text and creating a sense of constant unrest. 

 

When talking about the actors, comment on their performance, but feel free to comment on the following as well:

  • Their use of space

  • Their confidence with the text/language of the play 

  • Accents - were they strong or weak?

  • Interactions with other actors  - did they have successful chemistry?

 

If you feel like everything came together really well you can credit the Director. Alternatively, if you felt like there was a lot of talent on stage but the whole thing felt a bit messy, that's something you can also attribute to the Director.

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