These volumes cover brief production history. The preface contains the key to reading the entries. Each entry includes an historical background, summary of the plot, and “idea of the critical reaction to the play and performance” taken from a variety of review sources. These
sources are noted but the exact date of the review article isn’t given.
Facsimile reprints of the reviews of theater productions as they appeared in the New York Times. Arranged chronologically, the set also includes appendices of awards and prizes and of productions and runs by season as well as indexes by title, production company, and personal name. The first 21 volumes cover the years 1870-1970. Since then volumes have been published biannually. [NOTE: these reviews can also be found online through Proquest Historical Newspapers]
Annual still being published. Exact title, editors, and publishers have changed over time.
- Covers Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
- For each play: lists theatre, opening/closing night, number of performances, complete
cast, understudies, setting, synopsis. Includes some photos from the production.
Finding production photos can be difficult to locate, depending the year of the production, how often the production was performed, and copyright issues, there are many things to consider when looking for photos.