Theatre: Production History & Reviews
Find Performance Reviews in Databases
Before the internet, reviews of play performances were primarily published in newspapers, popular magazines, and book anthologies (and continue to be). Knowing when the play was produced is crucial information for locating reviews. These databases provide citations and some full-text reviews from local and international newspapers and magazines.
Find Performance Reviews in Books & Magazines
Find Reviews in Print Materials
Do a Subject search in Usearch, the library catalog, for:
Both searches will return hundreds of results. Use the facets in the left column to further refine.
Recommended Print Sources & Indexes
Marymount Manhattan College's Finding Guide to the Plays and Players Collection, which published reviews of productions primarily in the London area.
National Theatre Critics’ Reviews, aka NY Theatre Critics’ Reviews. (Location: ARC - PN1601.N4) Reviews of New York and regional productions in U.S. newspapers. Covers: 1940-1996.
A Guide to Critical Reviews. (Location: General Collection, Level 2 - PN2266Z .S16 1984 and ARC - Z5782.S34) An index to reviews of plays and musicals produced in New York.
How to Locate Reviews of Plays and Films: A Bibliography of Criticism from the Beginnings to the Present. (Location: General Collection - PN1707Z .S36 1976) A guide for locating theater and film criticism in print sources prior to 1976.