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1. What is dramatic criticism?
The formalization of postplay thinking and conversation is known as dramatic criticism. It is an informed, articulate, and communicative response to what the critic has seen in the theatre or read in the theatre’s vast literature.
2. What type of forms can dramatic criticism take?
When it is formalized into writing it can take many forms: production reviews in newspapers or periodicals, essays about plays or play productions written as academic assignments,
3. What are the five perspectives that help critics focus on elements that make a play successful & great? In other words, what should we be looking for if we read a play or see a dramatic production?
There are 5 perspectives that help us focus our answers:
1. A play's relation to Society
2. Human and personal significance
3. Artistic quality
4. Theatrical expression
5. Play’s ability to entertain.
4. What do we look for if we are trying to critique a play’s relation to society? What is the perspective provided from studying a “play’s relation to society?”
Theater is always tied to its culture. Since the intellectual ties between theater and its culture spill over onto all dimensions of society, it is in a strong position to force and focus public confrontation with societal issues.
5. As is noted in the text, a type of theater that demonstrate a “play’s relation to society” is what?
Political street theater is an open interaction between actor activists and audience that call attention to communal plight. Like in the Philippines.
6. Why is theater considered a highly personal art?
The theatre is a highly personal art, in part because it stems from the unique perspectives of the playwrights who initiate it, and the theatre artists who execute it, and in part because its audiences all through history have decreed that it be so.
7. What is the play’s relation to the individual?
Since theater is a highly personal art, it potentials into a medium where we see reflection of ourselves. These reflections aid us in discovering more about ourselves, help making sense of the personalities and perplexities that construct us.
8. What it play’s relation to art?
Theatre is a very distinctive art form that even with the briefest exposure we develop certain aesthetic notions as to what that form should be. The theatrical response is a composite of many individual reactions. But each of us has an aesthetic sensibility and an aesthetic response. We appreciate colors, sights, sounds, words, actions, behaviors, and people that please us. Thus, producing art.
9. What is play’s relation to theater?
Plays are not simply things that happen within a theater
10. How can one perceive play as entertainment?
Great theater is never less than pleasing. Even tragedy delights. Theater functions to deliver intrinsic social excitement. It excites, thrills, stuns, and grip the audience with various emotions, thereby, rescuing humanity from intellectual and emotional seclusion.
11. What is another definition for “entertainment?”
Another definition for entertainment is “that which holds the attention.”
12. Indeed, the theatre is a storehouse of pleasures, not only for the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic stimulation it provides, but also for its intrinsic ______ _________.
Indeed, the theatre is a storehouse of pleasures, not only for the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic stimulation it provides, but also for its intrinsic social excitement.
13. What is professional criticism?
The basic form of production reviews and scholarly books and articles written, for the most part, by persons who specialize in this activity, often for an entire career.
14. What is “instant criticism?” How does it function?
H: There are great example of contrasting reviews in the chapter reading.
Reviews that are put out the next morning. The journalist’s review must be limited to a brief, immediate reaction rather than being a detailed or exhaustive study. It provides a first- hand, audience-oriented response to the production.
15. What can scholarly critics do?
H: Luxury of time.
Scholarly critics can write without the deadlines or strict space restrictions of journalists. They can analyze plays and productions within detailed, comprehensive, and rigorously researched critical contexts.
16. What is expected from a student critique paper?
Beginning students will characteristically analyze plays from any of the five perspectives cited earlier but without the need for a very sophisticated or advanced methodology.
17. What is the role of criticism in relation to society and theater?
H: They both need each other
In sum, the presence of a critical focus in the audience — observant, informed, sensitive, demanding, and articulate — keeps the theatre honest. It inspires the theatre to reach its highest goals. The theatre and its audience need to be worthy co-participants in a collective experience that enlarges life as well as art.
18. What is a dramaturg?
Essentially, the dramaturg is an in-house critic. They support a production through research, knowledge of literary theory, theatre history, and other fields. A dramaturg helps to serve as an objective eye that knows what the director "wants" and can help guide the production through rough areas where the director's vision is not as clear as it could be.