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Finding Play Analysis and Production Reviews: Home

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Locating production reviews often involves detective work to establish when and where plays have been staged. The date and location of a particular production determine the best sources for reviews. Sources used to locate a review of a 19th century production of a play in New York will be very different from sources used to locate reviews of a current London production of a play.

Literary critical analysis may also be valuable in considering individual productions, and could have been written at any time since a play's original publication.

This guide lists some of the major resources both for finding reviews and identifying productions, and for locating critical analysis. It is organized into the following pages:

  • Databases - Provides links to databases where play reviews, or citations for play reviews, can be found
  • Reprint Sources - Provides links to resources providing full-text reprints of play reviews
  • Tracking Productions - Provides links to resources indicating productions of specific plays
  • Criticism - Provides links to resources that provide scholarly criticism of plays, including many resources focusing specifically on Shakespeare

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