Finding reviews of plays and literature starts with key article indexes in TDPS—such as International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) and International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance among others. Finding a review of a performance, however, usually also requires access to newspapers or trade publications from a specific place and time. To determine which newspaper database(s) to use among the many news article databases available, consider the context of the performance you're looking for: Do you need reviews from a particular city? Do you need reviews for a contemporary performance or an historical one? Specialized collections of newspaper sources, listed below, can be very helpful as well. For recent performances see also:
American Drama Criticism: Interpretations, 1890-1977. Compiled by Floyd Eugene Eddleman. 2d ed. Hamden, CT: Shoe String Press, 1979. Doe Reference PS332.A12 .E3 1979 with supplements
Indexes reviews and criticism published in books and periodicals; some content here is not indexed in other sources.
American Literary and Drama Review: An Index to Late Nineteenth Century Periodicals. Patricia Marks ed. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, c1984. Doe Reference PN2256 .M37 1984
The American Theatre As Seen By Its Critics, 1752-1934. Edited by Montrose J. Moses and John Mason Brown. New York: Norton, 1934. Main Stacks PN2221 .M7
Provides a selection of reviews from 1752 through 1934.
Cumulated Dramatic Index, 1909-1949. A cumulation of the F.W. Faxon Company's Dramatic index, edited by Frederick Winthrop Faxon, Mary E. Bates [and] Anne C. Sutherland. 2 vols. Boston, G. K. Hall, 1965. Doe Reference f AJ3 .D72 v. 1 / v. 2
A reproduction of the actual entries as they were originally printed in the 41 annual volumes of the Dramatic Index.
Dramatic criticism index; a bibliography of commentaries on playwrights from Ibsen to the avant-garde. Paul F. Breed and Florence M. Sniderman eds. Detroit: Gale Research Co. . Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1654.A12 B74 An index to commentaries on modern playwrights and their plays contains approximately 12,000 entries on 300 American and foreign playwrights, the majority of which are from the twentieth century.
A Guide to Critical Reviews. James M. Salem. 3d ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1984. Main Stacks PN1654.A12 S23 1984
Pt. 1 covers American drama, 1909-1982; pt. 2 covers musicals, 1909-1989.
A Guide to Critical Reviews. James M. Salem. 2d ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1973-79. Music Reference & NRLF PN1654.A12 .S23 1973
Pt. 3 covers foreign drama, 1909-1977. Foreign drama is not covered in the 3d edition.
How to Locate Reviews of Plays and Films: A Bibliography of Criticism from the Beginnings to the Present. Gordon Samples. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1976. NRLF PN1707.A12S2
A guide to finding reviews in books, newspapers, and magazines.
National Theatre Critics' Reviews. 1995-6. James M. Salem.
Main Stack PN 1601 .N48
Neo-classical dramatic criticism, 1560-1770. Thora Burnley Jones and Bernard de Bear Nicol. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976. Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1707 .J61
New York: Critics' Theatre Reviews, 1943-1995. Main Stacks & NRLF PN1601 .N48
Guide and record of the New York stage from, reprinted from New York Sun, New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, New York Post, New York Daily News, etc.
The New York Times theater reviews. 1870-2000. Doe Reference PN 2277 N5 .N482, Library has: CUMULATIVE INDEXES: 1870-1970
The Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers, 1690-1783. New York: University Music Editions, 1997. Music Library: CD-ROM M17
References to music, poetry, dance, and theatre found in American newspapers from the earliest extant copy (1690) to those from the end of the Revolutionary War (1783).
Review of the Arts, 1975-1996. New/Micro MICROFICHE 30355d; Guide MICROFICHE 30355d guide
[London] Theatre record. Middlesex, England : I. Herbert, [1981-c1991] and 1991-. Main Stack PN 2596 .L6 .L66, 1991-1998 stored in NRLF
Reprints published reviews of theatrical performances in London and elsewhere in the UK. Includes production credits and dates of performance. Review sources include The Spectator, The Daily Mail, Independent, Time Out, Guardian, The Times and other UK publications. Annual Index.
Whether looking for historical context, interviews, reviews or biographical information, the careful researcher ignores newspapers at his/her peril. News resources are especially helpful for finding information about contemporary authors and playwrights who are not yet the subjects of scholarly attention.