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Being an Audience Member:

Being an Audience Member

Experiencing and Analyzing Plays:

Experiencing and Analyzing Plays Three factors that theatricians use to manipulate audiences Group Dynamics Willing Suspension of Disbelief Aesthetic Distance

Group Dynamics:

Group Dynamics Audiences function as one large whole; they laugh, weep, feel together Emotion overcomes intellect Laughter becomes infectious /

Willing Suspension of Disbelief:

Willing Suspension of Disbelief Accepting the world of the play over that of our everyday reality. Fuddy Meers, Lincoln College 2010

Aesthetic Distance:

Aesthetic Distance The audience’s ability to remove themselves so that they can contemplate and evaluate the performance and the play. The Face of Emmett Till, Lincoln College, 2009

Modes of theatre:

Modes of theatre Presentational To the audience Representational Fourth Wall Columbinus, Lincoln College, 2009

Bertol Brecht:

Bertol Brecht Epic Theatre Alienation Effect

Theatre Etiquette:

Theatre Etiquette Be early No electronics No recordings Don’t d isturb those around Stay seated Good BLOG on this subject:

Preparing to go to the theatre:

Preparing to go to the theatre Check local listings Reserve/Buy Tickets (usually non-refundable) Previews Observe dress code Read the program Analyze and discuss afterwards /

3 Questions for Critical Analysis:

3 Questions for Critical Analysis What is the artist trying to say? How well has the artist done what they set out to? Was it worth doing?

Critique vs. Review:

Critique vs. Review Critique Academic Thoughtful Discern between popularity and quality Discussions Covers all elements Review Used for informing audiences Marketing Newspapers, blogs, etc. Synopsis, critical evaluation, buy

Writing an effective Play Reaction Paper:

Writing an effective Play Reaction Paper Follow guidelines Write in the narrative Use the provided questions as a guide Describe WHY you felt the way you did Give details Avoid simple judgments Describe what you saw, how you interpreted the event, and how it fits within the whole of the production PROOF, PROOF, PROOF… the Writing Lab is free and is here to help you

PowerPoint Presentation:

As far as my first impression of the indoor stage and the theater environment, I thought that the stage had a kind of strange, eerie feel to it for some reason . Perhaps I thought this because the lights were off, and the stage had a greenish-colored glow with a shadowy effect. There were some upbeat songs playing; however, which took way the eerie feel a bit.     The actors, I thought, did a phenomenal job. The only thing I saw was maybe some over acting but  it wasn’t too bad. Plus, that might have been just how the characters were written.   Judgment… but no supporting detail Judgment… and supporting detail Always answer the Why… Context is everything in a reaction paper


Top Ten SUGGESTIONS Italicize play titles Preview your main points Your topic is not the play but your experience as an audience member Detail, detail, detail…. Assume the reader is ignorant and descibe what you saw and then make judgments about it Follow the rubric Take notes during the production Introductions, conclusions, and transitions… Guide the reader


CENSORSHIP Altering, restricting, or suppressing information, images, or words What are your responsibilities as an audience member? Prepare yourself Be open minded Try to empathize Use Aesthetic Distance to your advantage! Go beyond your own reaction and ask those three critical questions



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