THE 191 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Kurt Weill, Langston Hughes, Elmer Rice

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THEATRE NOTES – Writing for and about live performance – March 31, 2016
**IMPORTANT INFO/STUFF TO DO: Get “Street Scene” ticket at box office in advance -located @ Campus
Ave. building  don’t get ticket online – CALL THEM – review assignment description (there is a sample
outline!!) & do your work in advance**
Before you attend (like watching the preview):
What is this play
Notable past productions
Who is playwright
How does this show compare to past productions of this dept. company
Read program
Street Scene background info
1946 opera by Kurt Weill (music) Langston Hughes (lyrics) and Elmer rice (book)
Important melding of music and opera – important in that time  opera uses exclusively music but
musical uses music and verbal
Original Broadway production 1959
When you get there:
Are there any lobby displays?
Program notes?
What is this space about? Large? Intimate? – What kind of stage and how that affects
Immediately afterwards
Transcribe!!!!! (Intermission and end BUT NOT DURING)
Production elements
oSet
oCostume
oMovement
oActors
oScript
oAudience reaction
oTheatre space
oMusic
Your review will:
Briefly summarize the production and state what you believe the GOAL or purpose of the production to
be – what is it arguing?
oFences purpose – every family in every time period has problems that are universal; begin
dialogue about racism in America thru script and acting; shows progress in racial oppression in
USA thru generations;
Explain 1-2 elements of the production (set, costumes, direction, acting)
Argue how those aspects do or don’t reflect the goals of the production  example – actors cast are the
same age and this doesn’t support the idea of progress thru generations even if the acting is great we
need the visual
Articulate WHY this production would be produced HERE and NOW
Tips:
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2Review writing notes continued – info about Street Scene review assignment
You are referring to production NOT play
Don’t forget to cite the LIVE PRODUCTION
Articulate how script is executed rather than just the story
Play titles are italicized – no “”
Plays move different from TV and film so pay attention
Role of critic
Observe and analyze world of a play
Articulate their:
oUnderstanding of the production
oEffectiveness of the production (this happened on stage and this created this…)
oThe importance of the production (why is this story still pertinent today/how can it effect
audience today)
Can’t say good or bad b/c  opinionated, doesn’t help you understand play, narrows your ability to
argue, too basic and not informative
Communicate these views effectively to wider audience
Why review?
Theatre is a Femoral – it doesn’t last – no 2 performances are exactly alike  based on audience energy
or seats – viewers experience is varied  a film lasts
To guide consumers – can make or break shows – can affect money and actors reputations
Archivers
Open discussions – change/shift cultural conversation around art
Formation by Queen B music video:
1. One goal/argument the song makes
That racism is still very existent in culture today
Stereotype of black and female
Battle African Americans face with justice system in USA (Bey sitting on sunken police cruiser)
Formation / images call to black women to join together “ok ladies now lets get in formation” –
ladies in line and strong gesture  get in formation when you are about to fight or do something
2. What is 1 element that support goal (lyrics, image, dance)
The rich white people outfits from back then in the south – black women wearing them
Rivalry between justice system and blacks
3. Why is this relevant is 2016 USA
Racism still exists
Little girls – generations
Blacks and cops conflict – unarmed blacks being harmed by police officers
Critique song and celebrate blacks/women throughout time
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Theatre notes writing for and about live performance march 31, 2016. **important info/stuff to do: get street scene ticket at box office in advance -located @ campus. Ave. building don"t get ticket online call them review assignment description (there is a sample outline!!) How does this show compare to past productions of this dept. company. 1946 opera by kurt weill (music) langston hughes (lyrics) and elmer rice (book) Important melding of music and opera important in that time opera uses exclusively music but musical uses music and verbal. What kind of stage and how that affects. Transcribe!!!!! (intermission and end but not during) Production elements: set, costume, movement, actors, script, audience reaction, theatre space, music. Explain 1-2 elements of the production (set, costumes, direction, acting) Articulate why this production would be produced here and now. 2review writing notes continued info about street scene review assignment. You are referring to production not play. Don"t forget to cite the live production.