The purpose of this assignment is to for the student to illustrate their ability to critically read theatrical reviews of productions and make decisions on what to see and what not to see – and with who.
Pretend you have won a weekend trip to New York City to see a show and do some Christmas shopping. The play tickets are free — and they are giving you a $5,000 gift card to shop the day after.
You get to bring ONE person with you on this trip.
Research the shows that are playing on Broadway right now. Read reviews from legitimate print publications (New York Times/Post/Village Voice/Time Magazine/etc. — not online web reviews by audience members).
Pick THREE people from the following list to take with you on THREE SEPARATE, imaginary trips:
Your best friend of the opposite gender
Your best friend of the same gender
Your significant other (bf/gf)
Someone over the age of 50
Someone you just started dating
A cousin or sibling you don’t like but are being forced by your parents to bring
What show would you pick to see with each of the three based on the research you have done?
Write THREE short papers – each with the following: (must include at least one non-musical and one musical, third is your choice)
Who you are taking with you
Which play you have selected and WHY based on at least two different reviews you have read –
The reviews you read should be mentioned in your paper (short quotes OK)
The reviews must be cited at end of paper — see MLA format.
If you use quotes your paper should be longer – a paper of more than 20% quotes will be a ‘C”
Each paper must be a trip with a different person and the show must be different as well
YOU MUST SELECT AT LEAST ONE NON MUSICAL FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT.
NOTE: YOU WILL BE GRADED ON:
HOW IN DEPTH YOU GET ON YOUR RESPONSES. Taking a friend to see Hamilton on Broadway because they like Hip Hop is not good enough –
How well you utilize the reviews and what they have to say.
Not citing sources/reviews
Lack of depth in your response
FINALLY: YOU MAY NOT SELECT HAMILTON OR ANY DISNEY PRODUCTION FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT! AND IF YOU PICK PHANTOM OF THE OPERA YOU BETTER HAVE CLEVER REASONS OTHER THAN “MY MOM LOVED THE MOVIE.”