Why would someone need to write a review for a theatrical play? First of all, to inform the potential audience about what they are going to pay money for; whether a play does or does not contain controversial scenes; whether it is worth attending, at least. Your goal as a reviewer is to provide the audience with an accurate opinion on the play, and to provide them with a context regarding it: actors, decorations, the director, dialogues, the script, and so on.
Steps for Writing a Play Review
- Watch the play. But before doing so, you must gather information about the play and the theater. It should include the backgrounds of the actors and the director, the history of the theater, the general plot of the play you will be seeing, and so on. By doing so, you will get yourself into the context of the play; otherwise, you will be on the same terms as other visitors. Also, prepare to take some notes.
- You should evaluate what you can see because it is the most obvious part of a play. Choose seats from which you can see all the stage and the actors closely, or use a binocular. Your task is to pay attention to costumes, actors’ expressions, decorations, and lightning. Try to remember the most remarkable and characteristic visual images, and focus on them when reviewing this part of a play.
- Music and other sound effects are what you need to evaluate next. It might be a difficult task if you are not a musician; however, even an unsophisticated spectator can decide whether they like or dislike the music they hear; you do not need to be an expert in this area to understand whether the Music fits the play or not.
- The performance of actors, as well as dramaturgy, is perhaps the most important part of a play. Are the actors professional or amateur? Is the director renowned? You must pay attention to whether the actors managed to convincingly convey mood and emotions through their play; whether the general idea of the play is clear and understood; whether the play is intense and engaging, and so on.
- Next, evaluate the plot itself. Breaches in logic, messy narration, a weak or trivial main idea, silly scenes which do not contribute to the plot—this is what definitely makes it worse. Does the plot make you follow it, or do you feel bored with it? Does it have any ethical value? Does it raise important and actual questions? Do the plot and the events in the play affect you emotionally? You should answer these and other similar questions.
- Is there something you would like to change in the play? What would you do if you were the director? What did you like the most, and what did you dislike? Did the director and the cast manage to fulfill the task the plot set for them? This part is your subjective opinion, so you should probably emphasize this. Remember, someone might like what you disliked, and on the contrary, so there is no need to be categorical.