Aesthetics vocab quiz 2

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Dramatic Criticism (also called Drama Criticism) is a division of literary criticism; it is the act of
writing or speaking about the written drama with only minor concern for how the play is performed.
Dramas or plays as long as they stay in the print form remain a part of literature. A criticism of a written
play has a different character from that of a theatre performance.
Performance criticism (also called Theatre Criticism) is a genre of arts criticism; it is the act of
writing or speaking about the performing arts such as a play or opera as an event performed live
onstage. This form of criticism is a deep analytical discourse of the production against the backdrop of
the theatre arts as a whole. The social and political bearings that have relevance to the play are
highlighted, so also the cultural import. Hence, the discussion becomes a highly theoretical objective
discourse on the historical significance of the production. Criticism thus is an academic dissertation that
is usually lengthy and may take a considerable time to write. The piece may be published even after the
regular staging of the play has been suspended or stopped, or a subsequent production of a different
play has been started by the group. Technicalities of the different aspects of the production are
discussed in detail together with exhaustive analysis of the rationalities of their execution. Criticism thus
is an anatomical scrutiny of the production. The play is not discussed in detail as such, as it is job of the
literary critic.
The theatre revieww is a short essay for the ordinary uninitiated readers who get to know about the
play being performed, about the group staging the play, and its director and other actors. A review is a
subjective discourse hinting on the cultural and artistic significance of the production. The storyline is
discussed as it is believed to be the mainstay of the production. The discussion reflects an instant
reaction of viewing the performance. An overall clinical analysis of each department of the production,
like that of acting, stage craft, lighting designs and its implementation, background scoring, dress and
costume designing, make-up etc., and even the script that had been prepared for the staging, is made by
the reviewer. A review is published during the period when the play is 'on', that is, when the play is
being regularly staged. This requires a speedy writing of the piece. Thus, a review lacks any deep
analytical discourse or investigative studies of the different aspects. It never gives any conclusive verdict
about the production, as such.