Research both in Theatre and in Dance are similar. Everything here will work for both.
Note the tab to the left with advice for researching Dance specifically.
DO NOT EVER HESITATE to look a word you don't understand up:
learn what the social and political climate/context was
AND from the Library Catalog try these reference sources (in print and electronic)
World Eras D 20 W67 2001 PCL
some examples of other helpful types of sources:
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures F 1406 E515 2000 PCL
Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture DC 33.7 E53 1998 PCL
Africana : The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience DT 14 A37435 2005 PCL
Colonial America : An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History E 162 C68 2006 PCL
TIP: if your play or playwright is well known,
search for books of critical analysis of the playwright's work
using the Subject Search of the Library Catalog
search for the playwright (last name first) and look for subheadings, such as:
Williams, Tennessee -- Criticism and interpretation
Williams, Tennessee -- Streetcar Named Desire
to find in depth criticism in books,
use the Keyword Search in the Library Catalog by play or playwright or genre, or a combination of these
to find contemporaneous reviews, look in these databases:
New York Theatre Critic’s Reviews (1943-1994)
PN 1601 N4 PCL
to find details about major productions
(such as a production's director, theater, city, date, cast, etc.),
start with these databases:
information you find in the criticism/reviews tab above can also help you piece together a play’s history
ALSO try these databases:
*TIPS: try your play’s title or broaden it to just the playwright.
if you are getting too many unrelated hits with the play title,
try adding the playwright’s name
or other keywords like “theatre” (or “theater”) or “drama” or “productions”
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