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This guide is designed to help you jump start your theater research, find a monologue, locate a review, design a costume or light the stage!

How to Find Play Reviews

Finding reviews for play can be easy or hard, depending on when the play was produced, because our newspaper databases start in 1985.

See the sections below for plays produced before or after 1985.

New York Times Archives

You can search the New York Times for play reviews, but they are behind a paywall. DON'T PAY FOR THE ARTICLES!

We have a complete subscription to the Times in microfilm, and reviews published since 1985 are in our databases.

Plays Produced After 1985

For plays produced after 1985, you can use our newspaper databases.

Plays Produced Before 1985

For plays produced before 1985, you may need to do things the old-fashioned way, by using print indexes, microfilm, and books of collected reviews.


If you're not sure how to use these resources, don't hesitate to ask a librarian! We can help you find what you're looking for.