the 100 essay questions

You are to use the above links to access either the Digital Theatre database or BroadwayHD. These databases contain videos of dozens of theatre performances, current or recent productions. Select one, view it, and write a Critical Theatre Review. Your Critical Theatre Review will be 3 pages in length, double-spaced, 12pt font. This is how I will evaluate your work.

Excellent (190-200 pts)

Good

(180-150 pts

Proficient (140 – 100 pts)

Poor (70-0 pts)

F

Overall Impression

Author directly addresses main question or issue, and adds new insight to the subject not provided in lectures, readings, or class discussions. The author has retained nearly all of the knowledge presented in class and applied this knowledge to the criticism. He/she is able to synthesize this knowledge in new ways and relate to material not specifically covered in class.

Author competently addresses main question or issue, but does not add much new insight into the subject. However, it is clear that the author has learned a great deal in class and is able to communicate this knowledge to others.

Author attempts to address main question or issue, but fails. The author has retained some information from the course, but does not fully understand its meaning or context and cannot clearly convey it to others.

Essay does NOT address main question or issue and it is obvious that author has not retained any information from the course.

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Organization

Essay contains an introduction, main body, and conclusion. Introduction lays out main information on production, including names of director, playwright and venue, and production title. Introduction has a thesis statement. The main body gives an adequate description of the action and a critique of performance elements, and credits appropriate people. The conclusion brings everything together and gives the reader a sense of what the production was about. The conclusion has an appropriate “clincher.”

Essay contains an introduction, main body, and conclusion. The introduction lays out the main players but has a weak thesis and gives the reader little idea of what to expect in the essay. The body does not analyze production details sufficiently. The conclusion nicely summarizes the action, but does not provide a “clincher,” or provides a weak one.

Essay contains an introduction, main body and conclusion. The intro gives the reader an idea of what to expect, but does not effectively lay out a thesis. It does not mention title, people, or venue. The body does not adequately discuss the production details. The body, instead, simply states the plot. The conclusion does not bring everything together and does not have a “clincher.” Intro and/or conclusion may be either too “wordy” or too short.

Essay has no clear organization pattern.

Clarity, Style and Mechanics

All sentences are grammatically correct and clearly written. No words are misused or unnecessarily fancy. Appropriate punctuation has been used. Technical terms, names, words from other languages, and words from other historical periods are always explained. All information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper has been spell-checked AND proofread AND contains no errors. Paper is neat and in 12 pt type or larger.

All sentences are grammatically correct and clearly written. An occasional word is misused or unnecessarily fancy. Technical terms, names, words from other languages, and words from other historical periods are usually, but not always, explained. All information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper has been spell-checked AND proofread, and contains no more than a few minor errors, which do not adversely affect the reader’s ability to understand the essay.

A few sentences are grammatically incorrect or not clearly written. Several words are misused. Technical terms, names, words from other languages, and words from other historical periods are rarely explained. Not all information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper has been spell-checked AND proofread, but still contains several errors. Reader’s ability to understand essay may be compromised by these errors.

Paper is full of grammatical errors and bad writing. Several words are misused. Technical terms, names, words from other language and from other historical periods are rarely explained. Not all information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper not been spell-checked or proofread, and contains numerous errors. Reader has a difficult time understanding essay because of errors.

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