Gary is a very entertaining lecturer and his an overall nice man. HOWEVER, his class is not all that easy - there are lots of dates (mainly just years), plays, actors, directors and plots to understand and memeorize. Although I enjoyed his class, I feel it is mainly geared towards Theater majors, or at least those who are VERY familiar with theater. If you are niether one of these, don't expect to get an A in this class unless you plan to put some effort into it - and take REALLY good notes... this is key!
Gary is an amazing person and teacher. I went to every single class and read everything, and I've NEVER done that before EVER. But he makes you so interested in what youre doing. It's a hard class that you have to work in a little, but sooooo worth it. I think hes grading is perfectly normal. I worked hard and got an A. He's very funny, but he makes you want to work very hard. He gets to know everyone who participates. If you give him attention he will give you lots of attention back. I wish i could take more classes with him. Even if you dont take his classes get to know him on the benches by the theater department, hes an amazing friend. I feel very lucky to know such a fantastic person.
Gary is interesting, I'll tell you that. The class was fun because he's really knowledgeable and extremely passionate about musical theater. He randomly dances and sings in class, and it's quite entertaining. The only problem I had was that his random tangents deterred me away from the material I needed to write down. Pay VERY CLOSE attention to his lecture and make sure you write everything down! It's really important for the pop quizzes. And keep your notes organized from the start! I ended up getting a B in the class because it was never clear what I needed to write down. Write it all. It's interesting and fun, but you have to do your part.
This class is ridiculous! Gary's a nice guy, and he is pretty funny and entertaining, but your going to get screwed in the end. It is three hours of non-stop note-taking, and you must do it because of the 5 pop quizzes (which are very detailed!!) The papers are BS, but be prepared to spend $100 or more on theater tickets. I managed to get an A on every assignment and quiz, but ended up with a B in the class because of his ridiculous final. He doesn't tell you whats going to be on the final, and you need to sift through 100 pages of notes, and you still get screwed in the end!