This database has good full-text coverage of theater studies and drama criticism. There is no Subject searching, so remember to put titles and authors' names in quotation marks to search them as Keyword phrases--and leave authors' names in the normal first-name last-name order. Set "Limit" to "Article."
Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)
In running searches on playwrights directors, or actors, don't settle for a Keyword search on the individual's name, as this will retrieve too many articles in which the he or she is only mentioned. Instead open the "Select a Field" drop-down menu and search the name, last name first, in the "People" field.
The titles of shows should be searched as Keyword phrases, so be sure to put them in quotation marks. In Academic Search Premier you can set a "Document Type" limit and choose "Entertainment review"--if you want a performance review--or "Literary Criticism"--if you want scholarly analysis of a play. If your subject is a contemporary writer/director/performer, you might try "Interview."
Project Muse has some coverage of films, theater and performing arts. Limit your search to 'reviews' or 'articles' using the advanced search.
Play texts and criticism are shelved by country, then by period, then by author. For example, Russian literature has call numbers beginning with PG, British PR, and American PS. To find resources on the plays and literary traditions of a particular country, run a Subject search using the adjective form of the country before "drama." For example, American Drama or French Drama.
To find scenes:
We have several books of scenes that can be found doing a catalog search for: actor? scene?.
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Index and full text of journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Project MUSE offers nearly 250 quality journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers. As one of the academic community's primary electronic journals resources, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
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This multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings remains a readily accessible source of examples of American popular culture as it appeared on variety stages, especially vaudeville that thrived from 1870 to 1920.
Didaskalia is an electronic journal and resource dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman drama in performance.
Browse the Library of Congress's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials.
The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, The Oxford Dictionary of Dance, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera, Who's Who in Opera The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre
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New York Times Directory of the Theater
Reviews range: 1920-1970
Call Number: Z6935 .N48 1973 Engel Room
New York Theatre Critics' Reviews
Call Number: PN2000 .N76 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 Engel Room
American drama criticism : interpretations, 1890-1977
Call Number: PS332 .E3X Stacks
A Guide to critical reviews, part I : American drama, 1909-1982
Call Number: Z1035.A1 S3 PT.1 1984 1-West (Basement Library Lab)
A Guide to critical reviews. Part II, the musical, 1909-1989
Call Number: Z1035.A1 S3 PT.2, 1991 1-West (Basement Library Lab)
A Guide to critical reviews, part III : foreign drama, 1909-1977
Call Number: Z1035.A1 S3 PT.3 1979 1-West (Basement Library Lab)
A Guide to critical reviews, part IV : the screenplay, from The Jazz Singer to Dr. Strangelove
Call Number: Z1035.A1 S3 PT.4 1971 V.1 and V.2 1-West (Basement Library Lab)
Opening Night on Broadway
Broadway reviews, 1943-1964
Call Number: ML1711.8.N3 O64 1990 Stacks
- Acting Auditions
- Drama History and criticism
- Drama Technique
- Musicals History and criticism
- Performing Arts
- To find books of scenes, search for actor? scene?
- Stage Lighting
- Theaters Stage Setting and Scenery
- Play Indexes, see Drama Bibliography
- Play Index
- Motion Picture Plays
- One-Act Plays
- European drama
- Latin drama
- American Drama
- Theater and Society
- Theater Religious aspects
- Theater Political aspects
- Theater History
- Theatrical makeup
- Screenwriting - see Motion Picture Authorship
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