Theatre: Production History & Reviews

This guide provides links to basic theatre research: history, design, acting, production, scripts, videos, and careers.

Production Histories

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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

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.

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