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  • From SACD(The French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers), this publication and website contains articles about and excerpts from the work of contemporary French playwrights. A playwright database is included, as well as electronic issues of Actes du Theatre in French and English since 1999.

  • Scroll down past the ads to find links to informal, chatty reviews of current Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as well as productions in major U.S. cities, by the magazine's band of critics. Updated biweekly.

  • Online edition includes selected articles, directories, register for email casting notices. ($10 subscription buys archived articles and the full monthly publication.)

  • This well written, progressive "academic/popular hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary", looks at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political. Bright Lights Film Journal is indexed in Film Literature Index, International Index to Film Periodicals, and Media Review Digest. No search function, but fully archived.

  • Includes Broadway news, up to the minute reviews (earlier reviews are in the archives), The Insider (a column by Ken Mandelbaum), multimedia clips, profiles of stars of the moment, sound clips from cast albums, ticketing, forums & chat rooms.

  • Selected articles, a sample of the print publication

  • Primarily written by Elyse Sommer, this site's strength is its serious style and focus on off-Broadway & off-off-Broadway events. Also includes reviews from London, Philadelphia, D.C., and L.A.

  • Online companion to the print publication from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. provides sample articles, which are archived and searchable, as well as links to the organization's sponsored events.

  • Motion picture and television music. Searchable, with selected feature articles from the print version.

  • Online companion publication to Filmmaker Magazine.

  • The magazine of independent film offering a weekly newsletter.

  • Critical articles and reviews about the contemporary theater scene. Writers include Gordon Carver, Robert Brustein, Caridad Svich, Stanley Kauffmann, Tony Kushner and more. Published by the Hunter College Theatre Department and edited by Jonathan Kalb.

  • A peer-reviewed online journal examining the spirituality of world cultures in all disciplines of the theatre, performance studies in sacred rituals of all cultures, and other topics concerning the relationship between religion and theatre.

  • A list of links to international scholarly publications. However, most theatre journals on the web are not full text, but only offer tables ofcontents and indexes of past issues.

  • Published by the University of Haifa Theatre Department in Israel, this journal began as a publication devoted only to Jewish Theatre, but has broadened its scope to include the full range of theatre topics. Tables of Contents of issues from vol. 1 (1995) to the present.

  • Offers news, features, reviews, show listings and summaries, ticket info and discounts, a good late-night theatre guide, and a "starfile" linking well-known actors with their current shows.

  • A refreshingly uncluttered site offering intelligent reviews of off-off Broadway shows. Past reviews are archived, and current "oobr" listings are provided. Also includes instructions on how to get a theatre production reviewed.

  • Publication directed toward the producer. Includes interviews, profiles, book reviews, articles regarding financial issues, technology, film history, and features. NOT searchable.

  • Full text of selected articles. Archived to 1997.

  • TNT's online movie and entertainment magazine. Reviews, feature articles, interviews, statistics and chat rooms.

  • About screenwriting: features, columns, interviews and how-to's. links to full text screenplays. Archives are indexed by category, but not searchable.

  • The website of this weekly casting publication includes features, reviews, gossip about the New York theater scene, archives, contact info for casting agents, and a small collection of links useful for performers.

  • Reviews, interviews, calendars. Archived and searchable.

  • A publication with timely articles written by and for community, regional, & academic theater participants. A subject index of articles published since 1988 is online.

  • Consistently reliable e-zine with 27 contributors, published twice weekly, with features, interviews, reviews and listings from on and off-Broadway, the West End, and Regional Theatre. Also find a history of Broadway with archival photographs, discussion groups, and a prominent link to the Internet Theatre Database (http://www.theatredb.com).

  • Non-subscription edition offers headline news, searchable classifieds, production listings, and reviews. (subscription yields access to full articles and archives)

  • Directed toward adventurous theatregoers, this site features topical articles and reviews about the NYC performance community, reporting by writers published in the New York Times, listings, and notes on activities of notable theatrical artists in New York.

  • Fully searchable, full-text versions of up to five years of such scholarly journals as Asian Theatre Journal, PAJ, TDR (The Drama Review), Theater, Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics can be accessed at The New York Public Library. Tables of contents, selected full-text articles, and the impressive search feature are available to anyone with an internet connection.

  • Yet another theatre e-zine, with info, news, reviews, interviews about the theatre scene in New York, Boston, Chicago & Los Angeles. Also contains a Festivals Button, which links to information about various theatre festivals across the U.S.

  • The foremost provider of entertainment news. The current day's articles are available full-text, along with other industry information. Paid subscribers to the online site can access a year's worth of full-text archives, as well as other features.

  • Women & Performance features essays, scripts, interviews, and articles on performance from interdisciplinary feminist perspectives. Full text & cutting edge (but published only sporadically).

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