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Additional Guidelines for Scene

Reviews for Scene follow the Style Guidelines for the ISE critical texts and paratexts, with the following additional guidelines.

Verb tenses

As according to MLA standards, verb tense should be in past tense for the most part. When it comes to writing for the ISE, reviews should be in past tense when referring to the specific performance that is under review, present tense when referring to events in the production if the production is still open at the time of publishing the review on Scene (but past tense if the production is closed, as will be the case in the first two issues of Scene), and present tense when referring to events in the text. The difficult part is distinguishing events in the performance from events in the play itself. However, use the following examples as a guideline for distinguishing events in the past from events in the present if the production is still open:

Use the following example as a guidelines for distinguishing between past and present tense if the production is closed: