Critical Thinking / Review
CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON ACTING
You will attend one of UNCG’s virtual theatrical productions.
After attending the production, you will write a 2 to 3-page critical analysis based on the acting in the play. You will choose 2 characters. What did you like? What did you not like? Why? Provide specific examples from the play. Not a plot summary (I will have seen it) but what the actors do on stage that supports whether you thought it was good or bad. Your introductory paragraph should explain what you think constitutes good vs. bad acting segueing into the body of your paper.
Separate the character from the actor. It is possible to dislike a character but admire the actor’s performance. When discussing a character, use the character’s name; when discussing an actor play a character, use the actor’s name.
1 Were the actors convincing in their roles? Why or why not?
2 Did the characters seem to have a purpose or goal to achieve? Explain.
3 Did the actors/characters listen and respond to one another?
4 Did the actors’ voice, mannerisms, and movements fit their characters? Give specific examples.
5 Could they be heard/understood? Did their use of language fit the character?
6 Choose an actor and examine the progression of his or her character. Did the character change over the course of the play? If so, how did you observe that change? What did the actor do – physically, vocally, emotionally – that made this change observable?
7 Having considered all the elements, how would you describe the acting in the play?
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