1.Distinctive Challenges in Writing about Theater.
Our Sense of the Reader.
The Two Modes of the Play.
Criticism and Reviewing: Capturing the Evanescence of Performance.
Play Analysis and the Performing Text.
Dramatic Theory and the Theatrical Essay.
Summary: The Five Major Kinds of Writing about Theater.
2.Writing Techniques to Increase Learning.
A Question of Attitude: Writing for Yourself.
Writing and Memory: Taking Good Notes.
Writing to Improve Reading: Marginalia and other Annotations.
Writing to Improve Reading: Keeping the Reading Response Log.
Writing to Improve Observation.
Writing to Experiment with Style and Format.
Going Public: From Writing for Yourself to Writing for others.
3.The Writing Process: Predrafting, Drafting, Revising, Editing.
General Principles but No Single Formula.
Predrafting and Data Collection.
Drafting: A Change in Attitude.
Planning the Draft: The Three Keys.
Editing the Revised Draft.
4.The Theater Review and Dramatic Criticism.
Reviewers and Critics.
The Shape of a Review.
Suiting the Review to the Audience: The Three Elements.
“Critical Mass”: Achieving Effective Argument in the Review.
The Practical Critic: A Few Hints.
Connecting the Stage and the Study.
The Text as Blueprint for Production.
Literary Analysis and Functional Analysis.
The Audience, Real and Imaginary.
The Special Characteristics of Plays.
Structure and World View.
Writing the Play Analysis: A Checklist.
A Final Word on Final Words: Crafting a Strong Conclusion.
The Theatrical Lens.
Types of Theater History.
Researching and Writing the Theater History Paper.
Summary: The Three Main Principles.
Sample Theater History Paper.
7.Dramatic Theory and the Theatrical Essay.
Theory or Essay? A Case Study.
Practicing Theory: The Framing Questions.
The Theatrical Essay.
8.Sources for Research in Theater and How to Cite Them.
Rules for Citation of Sources.
MLA “Works Cited” Guide.