Critique #2 “One Man, Two Guvnors”


The assignment is critiquing the play One Man, Two Guvnors. The objective of the critique is to bring all the elements of theatre that we’ve studied this semester into one assignment. Watch the film by clicking the play’s title: One Man, Two Guvnors  (Links to an external site.) INSTRUCTIONS Write the critique covering each of the 12 required paragraphs below. The critique should be a minimum of 1200 words in length. Include a word count at the end of the assignment. Use proper formatting (double-spacing, indenting new paragraphs), spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. See the formatting example included in this module Proof your assignment for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity. Upload your critique as a Word document or PDF to Canvas by the due date. NO LATE CRITIQUES WILL BE ACCEPTED. TOOLS FOR SUCCESS Review the writing requirements before watching the play. Read the plot synopsis: One Man, Two Guvnors  (Links to an external site.) Review “Basic Info on One Man, Two Guvnors” in this module Use and print the Printable Critique #2 Checklist in this module. Utilize specific examples of elements covered in class for each writing requirement. For example, connect something specifically from the directing module to the directing of this play. Use specific detailed examples from the performance to support your observations. Add more detail than you think is necessary. Prove to me you saw the play! The play’s title must always be in italics or “quotation marks”. WRITING REQUIREMENTS Write a new paragraph for each requirement  Paragraph Writing Requirements Points 1.        INTRODUCTION: Introduce the production and the performance you attended. What theatre produced it? When was it taped? Who is director? 5 2.        THEMES: What are the themes explored by the play? OR what is the “message” being conveyed by the playwright and the production? 10 3.        CHARACTERS: Define the words “protagonist” and “antagonist” using characters from the play. Use specific examples from the play to support your definitions. 10 4.        DIRECTING: Identify the director and discuss three directorial elements, as discussed in class that you think were utilized during the rehearsal process. 10 5.        CONCEPT: Identify director’s concept for the play. How is the concept connected to the play’s theme? What do you think the director and designers discussed in production meetings to get the concept across to the audience? 10 6.        SCENIC: Identify the scenic designer and how their design helped tell or define the play through scenic elements. How was setting (location and time period) created? How was the scenic design connected to the director’s concept? 10 7.        Costumes: Identify the costume designer and how their design helped tell or define the play through costume design. How did costumes help create location and time period? How did costume design distinguish characters? How was the costume design connected to the director’s concept? 10 8.        LIGHTING: Identify the lighting designer and how their design helped tell or define the play through lighting design. How did lighting create time and location? How was the lighting design connected to the director’s concept? 10 9.        MUSIC/SOUND: How was music and/or sound utilized to help develop the play? Use examples to explain how music was used? What sounds were used in the play (not music)? Did the music and sounds help illuminate the director’s concept? 10 10.     ACTING: Using acting topics we’ve reviewed in class (voice and physical), discuss how two or more actors presented their characters in the performance. Which actors stood out to you and why? Did you connect to one or more actors? What surprised you about the acting? Differentiate the difference between the actors’ and characters’ names, as necessary. (The actor creates and brings the physical and vocal life to the character. The words the characters speak and the events in plot are created by the playwright.) 10 11.     STYLE: The style of this play is contemporary farce  (Links to an external site.)  based on commedia dell’arte.  (Links to an external site.)  Explain if the play is presentational or representational with specific examples. What are your overall thoughts about the style or the production? What elements from class can you see being utilized? What intrigued or surprised you about the production? 10 12.     CONCLUSION: You must end your critique with a conclusion about your experience watching the play. How did you feel at the beginning play compared to the end? How was the production successful? Did anything surprise you? How do you think your experience would be different if you saw the play live? 5   Deductions: Missing or incomplete required element, not following formatting requirements, short word count, and proofing errors.

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