TRDA Production Critique Criteria

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Corey Cohen Corey Cohen New Plays Festival Critique Professor Keady 10/22/09 1
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Corey Cohen The New Plays Festival was a production by The George Washington University’s Theatre Department in October of 2009 that was intended to highlight some of GW’s very own playwrights-both graduates and current students. Darren Miller wrote The Librarians , Saying Goodbye was written by Meagan Moreland, and What Doesn’t Kill You was written by Vanessa FitzGerlad. They were all tied together by the given circumstances of death and rebirth, and were performed in such a way that this was accurately reflected. While the department may have been working under a tight budget and mistakes are inevitable, the performance fell short in a variety of matters related to production and character development. Still, most of the actors did a fair enough job out there to warrant the performance a 5 out or 10. The plots of these works were interesting. The Librarians was about a library that was to be bulldozed and the interactions between the employees inside before it took place. Saying Goodbye was mainly focused on the dynamic of a family when a young lady eventually comes back from Rome after her grandmother dies while she is there. What Doesn’t Kill You concerns a young playwright that is incredibly lonely at that stage of her life. She lives with her sister and has sex with random people but it is at the expense of her internal happiness. She eventually finds a significant love interest at the end. For starters, the set was very monotonous from performance to performance, reflecting what I assume to be a lack of funding. The tremendous tri- shelf in the background was good at first for the story related to the library, but for 2
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Corey Cohen the second and third sections the audiences’ eyes grew fatigued. Surely the contents on the tri-shelving were altered a bit, but it was not enough to make it clear that these different stories were in fact different stories, and not just the same continuous one at different points. Also, the desk that was used in the first story looked somewhat like a bar I originally thought, even though I guessed that it came from the GWTV newsroom. Sure enough, by the third short story it was in fact used as a bar, which confirmed my initial suspicion. One thing I thought was interesting was how the entire theatre was used at
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2010 for the course TA 001 taught by Professor Keady during the Spring '10 term at GWU.

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