A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre by Marcia L. Ferguson

A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre

byMarcia L. Ferguson

Paperback | September 27, 2007

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A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre is a succinct introduction to the skills required to write knowledgeably and critically about the theatre. Intended to illuminate the importance of theatre and performance in daily life, A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre engages students with dramatic material as they learn the practical elements of review, analysis, criticism, and research.

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Title:A Short Guide to Writing about TheatreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.1 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 27, 2007Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:032113673X

ISBN - 13:9780321136732

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Table of Contents

1. Writing about Theatre

Why Write About Theatre? 

The Review and The Analysis  

The Importance of Conversation  

Questions for Critique  

The Importance of the Spectator

Questions for Critique  

Tastes and Opinions  

Your Audience 

2. Preparing to Write and Writing the Essay

PREWRITING

Interpreting the Assignment

Specific and non-specific Paper Topics

Determining Scope and Tone

Coming Prepared to a Play

Art of Taking Good Notes

WRITING THE ESSAY

Finding a Thesis Statement

Creating and Using an Outline

Introductory Paragraph

Body Paragraphs

Conclusions

Drafts

3. The Review and the Production Response

The Review

The Production Response

Prewriting Questions

Writing the Review or Production Response

4. The Critical Theatre Essay

Two Critical Approaches

Using Form and Content

Using Theatre History

5. Research: Methods and Materials

Functions of Research in Theatre Practice

Functions of Research in Critical Essays

Research Methods

Research Materials

Theatre History Research Sources

Form and Content Research Sources

Finding Articles, Reviews, Criticism, & Scholarship

Organizing and Incorporating Research

Sample Student Essays

6. The Character/Scene Analysis

Script versus Play Text

Stanislavski’s Techniques

Primary Elements of a Character/Scene Analysis

Given Circumstances

Glossary of Theatrical Terms and Concepts