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Performance Review

Two options:
Home: A Dogs Tale A play for children Thursday, Sept. 20th 7pm at CPA Farragut North Nov. 7th-10th 7:30pm at The Playhouse Theatre.

Chapter 2: The Audience and Criticism

The Audience completes the creative process Key concepts in the audience response:

Perception Interpretation Intention

Key Concepts
Perception: the audiences experience of the performance
Interpretation: how the audience derives meaning from the performance Intention: what the artists (director, playwright, etc.) try to communicate to the audience through the performance Are the artists intentions always the same as the interpretation of the audience?

The audiences interpretation may or may not match the artists intentions

Watching a Performance
Theatrical Performance versus Film

Theatre and Film differ in numerous ways, including how the audience experiences these two types of performance.

What are some of the ways that VIEWING a theatrical performance is different than watching a film?

Watching a Performance
Theatrical Performance
Generally, theatre is considered more of a formal or special occasion than film.

Generally, reservations must be made well in advance.

Seating is often reserved, with your assigned seat number appearing on your ticket.

Watching a Performance
Theatrical Performance
Credits and other information about the production are on a printed program, given to the audience as they enter the theatre.

The setting or scenery is often fully viewable before the start of the performance. Additionally, scenery may or may not be realistic - a common convention of theatrical performance.

Watching a Performance
Theatrical Performance Intermissions
Theatrical performances often include one or more intermissions. At intermission, the audience is free to leave the theatre space briefly.

Unlike film, where the audiences focus is directed by the camera, theatrical performance enables each audience member to choose where to look and for how long. Theatrical artists employ techniques to guide the audiences focus; but ultimately, each audience member chooses what and how to watch.

Watching a Performance
Theatrical Performance versus Film Quality Theatre Film
Occasion Tickets Seating Credits Setting Scenery Intermission Audience Focus Special/Formal Reserved Reserved In program before Often visible prior May not be realistic Yes Viewers choice Regular/Informal Purchase just before Open Credits roll after Hidden prior Usually realistic No Determined by camera

Who is the Audience?

Audiences vary significantly in several ways:
Aesthetic Tastes Education Economic Status Race Age Culture Community

Influence of Audiences on Theatrical Production

The choice of what is performed The style in which the production is performed

The way in which the production is marketed

The duration of the run; how many performances are given

What do YOU think?

1. What are some reasons why producers and theatres should consider the intended audience when selecting and offering theatrical performances? 2. What might happen if such consideration is NOT given? 3. Suppose a particular theatres main audience is composed of white, upper middle class patrons. What are some of the issues that might arise if this theatre tries to attract new audiences, such as Hispanics or gays and lesbians?

Influence of Audiences on Theatrical Production

Ongoing Questions for Theatres:
How many audiences do we wish to attract/serve? How can we meet the differing interests of these multiple audiences?

Theatre cannot exist without audiences.

Sensitivity to varying audience tastes and interests is essential to achieving a diversified theatre.

Divide into FOUR GROUPS


As a group, imagine yourselves as a theatre company with a modest operating budget . You have the Playhouse as your performance venue. Consider your location Consider your audience Pick a season for your company and justify: The choice of what is performed. Why this play? The way in which the production is marketed. To whom and how? The duration of the run. How many performances?

The Audience and Critical Perspective

3-Step Process for Evaluating the Theatrical Experience:
1. One experiences the performance 2. One analyzes the performance 3. One communicates ones response to another
This process reveals information about our personal tastes or aesthetics, by illuminating our thoughts and feelings.

The Critic
Criticism = the act of making judgments
The 3 Basic Concerns of the Critic: 1. Understanding: What were the artists trying to do?
2. Effectiveness: How well did they do it?
3. Ultimate Worth: How valuable was the experience?

Making Connections
How do you define for yourself what makes a production satisfying or not? To answer this question, consider a play or perhaps a movie that youve seen and your response to it. Make a list of 5 pros and 5 cons about the production.
Write a short review using your list as a basic outline.