West Side Story Theater Discussion

Using at least 5 of the Elements listed below, write a 400-word review of the performance attended. Describe the performance through your eyes. The review should be in narrative form with an introduction and conclusion. It should not feel like a list.

**Character – What stood out about the main players?

**Plot – DO NOT GIVE A DETAILED PLOT SUMMARY – but you can reference the overall actions of the play.

**Theme – What ideas are explored? Is there a clean resolution or is the audience challenged to figure out the answers? Are ideas explored through the experiences of the characters or does the show preach? Remember plot is not theme.

**Language– Were the actors clear? Were there dialects? Did the actors use the space appropriately with their vocals?

**Spectacle – How were set, lighting, costumes utilized to enhance the storytelling?

**Sound/music – Was sound or music used to enhance the production?

**Acting – Was the acting stylized? Believable? Did any actors stand out in good or bad ways? **Directing – Was the direction obvious or hidden? Any strong directorial choices?)

Be as specific with your ideas and opinions as possible. If there is an aspect of the show that you love/hate, give specific examples to back up your response. Tell me what worked and what did not work for you and WHY.

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