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Theatre: A Research Guide: Find Play Reviews

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Finding Play Reviews

Use New York Times –full text from 1980 to the present.

Type in the name of the play and search the headlines, lead paragraphs and terms.

Change the date range to all available years or to dates that match the years of the production that you’re interested in.

If too many results appear, add the term “Theater Reviews” to the search.

Plays produced before 1980 can be searched under the term “Theater” in the New York Times Index (1851 to present) in the reference area of the library. Citations from the index can be used to locate the full text article on microfilm.

Drama Criticism (Ref 809.2005 D763) can be searched by author or title. Articles include an overview, essays about specific plays, sometimes include production reviews, critical commentaries, further readings and are alphabetically arranged by playwright in each volume.