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THEA 210 : Reading for Performance: Reviews and Critcism

Literary Criticism Collections

Artemis Literary Sources: Selected overviews and criticism on authors, works, and topics from every age and literary discipline. Contains PDF and (sometimes) full text versions of Gale’s classic literature criticism collections:

  • Drama Criticism
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
  • Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism
  • Literature Criticism, 1400-1800
  • Shakespeare Literature Criticism
  • Classical & Medieval Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism

Literature Resource Center: Provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes articles from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and much more.

Shakespeare Collection: Brings together general reference data, full-text scholarly periodicals, reprinted criticism, primary source material, and the full-text annotated works from The Arden Shakespeare. Includes selections from Four Centuries of Shakespeare, the Prompt Book collections; The Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diary; the First Folio, key Quartos, and major editions and adaptations from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries; photographs, line drawings, maps; selected works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries; selected content from Shakespearean Criticism; and reference materials.

Theater Reviews

Academic Search Complete
To identify reviews of plays in periodicals from 1984 to the present, use the "advanced search" and search for the play title in the default fields and "entertainment review" as the document type. Includes full text of many articles from 1990 to the present.

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic Universe)
A good source for recent newspaper reviews, international in scope.

New York Times Historical

Includes the full newspaper text from 1851 through 1999.
Use the "advanced search" to locate reviews, and search for the article type "review." For best results, enter the title of the play in quotation marks to search for the exact phrase. Paper copies of the reviews are also available in the library's reference collection.

Readers Guide
For play reviews, use the "advanced search" and combine the play title, in quotation marks, and the article type "play review." For reviews before 1984, use the paper copies shelved in Reference under the call number AI3 .R48.

Research Library
Includes play review citations from 1986 to the present, and the full text of many reviews from 1991 to the present. "Advanced" searches for the play title may be combined with "performance review" as the article type.


The Times Digital Archive
Full text and PDF page image access to The Times (London) from 1785 to 1985. (Use Nexis U for July 1, 1985 to present.)


Guide to Critical Reviews

Provides citations to reviews of staged productions in popular periodicals.


London Stage

A calendar of plays, entertainments and afterpieces, together with casts, box-receipts and contemporary comment compiled from the playbills, newspapers and theatrical diaries of the period. Covers 1660 through 1959.


New York Theater Critics' Review (1950 to present)

Reproduces reviews from the New York press and other media of Broadway, and since 1968, off-Broadway productions.


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