Use this database for locating production reviews. Remember, this is a broad interdisciplinary resource, so it may not be useful for every play the class is reading. Use the Advanced Search, and look for the title of the play and add the word "review." Look carefully to make sure you are getting a play review instead of a film review.
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
Newspaper Source indexes more recent content, starting in the early 1990s. It includes over 10,000 play reviews.
Newspaper Source Plus provides selected full text for 25 national (U.S.) including the Bloomington Herald Times, and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers. Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for articles in the following major newspapers beginning in January 1, 1995:
This is a fun database, and everyone should use it! It would be a good idea to start here. IIPA is a full text resource devoted to the performing arts. I suggest starting by searching for the play title and the author. from the list of articles you retrieve, you can scroll down the page to set limits to narrow the results. Beneath the publication date limit option, you should see the option to limit by document type--choose theatre review. If there are enough theatre reviews, you will have the option to limit to positive or negative.
Newspapers are an excellent place to find play reviews. This collection includes 17 US newspapers from their start through into the 20th century and beyond. For more specific details, go to the database and scroll down until the newspaper titles that will already be selected. To search, click "use selected databases" at the top of the page. Search for your play by title. Limit by date if the results are overwhelming.
The New York Times is included in this database.