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American Playwrights: ENG 2341: Critical Reviews

Resources for the class "American Playwrights" English 2341. Covers mid 20th to 21st century

Why critical reviews?

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Critical reviews of plays provide analysis and insight into specific performances or productions.  Such reviews explore how effectively the performance communicates the theme, pathos, or message of the play.  Because the reviewer must understand the play as literature in order to write an informed analysis, there is often overlap between a critical review of a performance and a dramatic review of a play as literature.  

Critical Reviews

Academic Search Premier [electronic resource]. A multi-disciplinary database containing both scholarly and popular press.

Access World News. For newspaper reviews from all over the world in English translation.

Aisle Say. "The Internet Magazine of Stage Reviews and Opinion."

Curtain Up. - internet theatre magazine.

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with Full-text. Project begun by the American Society for Theatre Research. Contains reviews. 

International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA). Coverage begins in 1864. Provides indexing and some full-text to articles in the scholarly as well as the popular press in dance, theater, stagecraft, and more.

JSTOR. Provides full-text to the full runs of leading scholarly journals in many fields.  For best results, click on "Advanced Search," scroll down and choose the disciplines relevant to your research.

LexisNexis Academic. Contains full-text of The New York Times as well as other major American and international newspapers. 

(London) Times. Full-text 1998-present. Full-text/Full-image 1785-1985.

New York Times - Full-text, 2000-present. Full-text, full-image, 1851-2003.

New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. New York, Critics' Theatre Reviews, inc., 1940-1996. Continued by National Theatre Critics' Reviews.

New York Times Theater Reviews. New York: New York Times, 1870- The most current New York Times reviews can be found online in Lexis-Nexis.

Philadelphia Daily News. 1978-current.

Philadelphia Inquirer. 1981-current.

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. Coverage 1890 to the present.

Theatre World. New York : 1945 -1998 . Annual. 


Variety.  1997- present.  International entertainment weekly.


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