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Finding Reviews

Use the following resources to find reviews of a particular performance of a play. For criticism of a play, see the section, Criticism.

Before looking for a review, you will need to know when the play was first performed and whether you want older or more recent performance reviews.

See under heading Theatre reviews when using print indexes. Options for choosing Art Reviews, Film Reviews, Concert Reviews and Dance Reviews as a document type.
AI3 .B86 from 1962-2009 (Compact Shelving)
Indexes both scholarly articles about the theatre and critical reviews of theatrical performances. A&HCI is part of Web of Science. To search this database select A&HCI under More Settings at the bottom of the screen.
British Humanities Index
AI3 .B86 1962-2009 (SL Compact Shelving)
For review, search by the author's name.
To find theatre reviews, search title of a play and select the article type, "theatre review" under More Search Options.
Print holdings: 1920 - 1998: Check Omni
Indexes over 400 English and French periodicals in all subject areas. For drama reviews, see heading Drama Reviews, Drama, or Theatre.
Cumulated Dramatic Index, 1909-1949
REF PN1601 .C84
Coverage varies but many titles go back to the early 1980s. To find theatre reviews, search the author's last name, plus the title of the play and add "review".
A Guide to Critical Reviews
REF Z5781.S16
Part I: American Drama, 1909-1982
Part II: The Musical, 1909 - 1989
Part III: Foreign Drama, 1909-1977
Part IV: The Screenplay, 1971, 1973 & supplement
Indexes critical reviews on the New York stage from American and Canadian magazines and the New York Times.
New York Times Theater Reviews
REF PN2266 .N48 (1971-1994)
REF AI21 .N5 (Index Shelves) from 1851-
For print index, see under heading Theater and then by title of the play.
Readers' Guide
REF AI3 .R2 from 1900- 2006(Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature)
REF AP3 .R496 (1890-1922) (Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature)
See under heading Drama reviews to Feb/1982; then under heading Theater reviews. Also try the last name of the playwright.