Focus your attention in particular in the choices made in the areas of directing, acting, and design. Include the names of relevant cast members and artists.

Please complete the following assignment in 3-4 double-spaced pages (approximately 1000 words): Write an analysis of one of the following performances: 1. Legally Blonde (Links to an external site.) 2. Shrek the Musical (Links to an external site.) 3. Romeo and Juliet Available via Drama Online (requires UW Library log in) (Links to an external site.) 4. Pass Over Content warning: racially charged language, slurs, depictions of violence (Links to an external site.) 5. Girls Like That Content warning: references to sexual behavior, nudity, explicit language. (Links to an external site.) Focus your attention in particular in the choices made in the areas of directing, acting, and design. Include the names of relevant cast members and artists. Be sure to include specific moments from the production to illustrate your analysis. Include the name of the company producing the performance, the date you watched, and whether the event was live-streamed or pre-recorded and watched on your own time. Some questions to consider: What kind of performance was this? Was it a theatrical representation of an existing play? Was it a devised performance or original work created by the artists and cast for this production? If the latter, was it adapted from source material (an existing work like a book or poem)? Talk about the choices the artists made in adapting the material for performance. What were some major themes or ideas that were central to this production, and how did choices in acting, directing, and design bring attention to those themes? How did the fact that this production was recorded, streamed or digitally mediated affect your experience of the performance? How did editing (for example, camera angles, close-ups and wide shots) affect what you saw? Were there moments in the production that would not have been possible if this were a live, in-person event? Were there moments you wished you could have experienced in person? Note: Be sure to spend most of your writing focusing on choices made in directing, acting, and design. Because this is a performance review, avoid lengthy discussions of the plot or story of the play. Also, successful analyses of performances should avoid simple value assessments like whether the show or a particular choice was “good” or “bad,” and should avoid making arguments about whether people should or should not see it. Instead, focus on the choices made by the artists and how successful these choices were in fulfilling the goals of the production (communicating themes, adapting the material for performance, etc.). Want to see some examples of professional reviews of online/digital performances? Here are a few: Variety – review of The Line (directed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen | Article written by Gordon Cox) (Links to an external site.) The New Yorker – review of What Do We Need to Talk About? (directed by Richard Nelson / article written by: Alexandra Schwartz) (Links to an external site.) WTTW – review of Broadway by the Decade (produced by Chicago Porchlight Music Theater | Article written by Hedy Weiss) (Links to an external site.) The Conversation – review of The Tempest (a production by Creation theater and Big Telly theater company | anonymous author) (Links to an external site.) HowlRound – review of Finish the fight (Directed by Whitney White | article written by Rebecca Salzhauer) (Links to an external site.) (Examples of professional reviews of live in-person performances are posted in the “Sample Performance Reviews” folder under “Files” on Canvas)