- More scenes needed—More scenes are needed to understand how the conflict/plo developed to this point, what happens in the scene, or what happens next.
- Unnecessary information—Information provided in the scene does not help us learn about the characters in a meaningful way. Excessive details muddle the story and detract from the plot line.
- Settings change too fast—There are two many mini-scenes which might be more effective if combined into a few larger scenes in one or two locations.
- Setting is not specific enough—More details are needed to let the audience know the location—character reference, set dressing, etc.
- Special effects—The scenes are more feasible for film or television (i.e. they contain car chases, jumping from one elaborate location to another, large explosions).
Questions for the Playwright to ask:
- What happened before this?
- What happens next?
- When does the scene take place?
- What can be done in this scene to further the story/plot?
- Why does this action have to happen here?
- What story does the scene tell?
- What information do we get from this scene?
- How do the characters feel in this scene? How might they show it through their actions?
- What is this character doing when…?
- What else could this character have been doing?
- What other things could happen in this scene?