Theatre reviews may contain a lot of helpful information if you're trying to learn about a play or a specific staging of that play. Reviews often outline the plot and major themes of the play; discuss the acting, casting, and directing; and critique the production design, including set, lighting, and costumes, and the venue. Reviews are great sources for informed opinions about the merits of a production.
Reviews are often published in news sources. The databases and publications below are great places to search for reviews.
Start your search with US Newsstream--this database searches many news publications at once.
Choose Advanced Search, directly above the search box.
Scroll down the page until you find the area for Document type. Check the box for Review.
The easiest way to find a specific play is to enter its title in quotations in the first search box on the Advanced Search page. If you are looking for a specific production, then add additional information (such as an actor, director, or theater company) into the search.