Generally, reviews of plays will be found in newspapers, theatre magazines and journals, and websites devoted to theatre.
Your strategy for finding reviews of theatrical performances starts with the time and location: where and when the performances that you are interested in will greatly effect your strategy.
General Search Tips
The quotation marks let the database know that you need those words to appear together and in that order and the AND limits the results to articles containing both phrases.
You can use some of these strategies to search in Library Search. However, Library Search does not search the everything that the library has access to (for example, newspapers and Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive), and it can bring back too many things. Make sure to narrow your search results to "Reviews" (under "Resource Type").
1. If the performance is contemporary, start with Newspaper Search. This searches most of the current newspapers that the library subscribes to. You can also search by city in Journal Finder to see if we have access to newspapers for any individual city and what their date coverage is.
2. If the performance is historical, use ProQuest Historical Newspapers. You can also search by city in Journal Finder to see if we have access to newspapers for any individual city and what their date coverage is.
Theatre Magazines and Journals can be found in the following databases:
Other popular theatre magazines and journals that frequently include reviews:
While newspapers may employ full-time theatre critics who have made a career reviewing theatre, many people are also reviewing contemporary productions online. Here is a selection of theatre websites and review aggregators.