Research Guides

Theatre and Performance

Monologues and Scenes

There is no specific subject heading for scene books. You can perform a keyword search in the catalog for the term "monologues". If you are looking for a particular type of monologue, try combining the word "monologues" with a descriptive keyword, such as: monologues and men, monologues and women, monologues and classical and monologues and contemporary, etc.

I'd recommend using the Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook: an actor's guide to over 1,000 monologues and scenes from more that 300 contemporary plays by Ed Hooks.

Finding Play Reviews Online

Use the following selected databases to connect you to play reviews.

Online Play Collections

These selected databases includes full text of plays, selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera.

Play Catalogs & Indexes

There are several tools to help you discover the collection that includes an individual play. Examples include:

  • Catalog of broadsides of American verse in the Harris Collection of American poetry and plays
    • Approximately 250,000 volumes of American and Canadian poetry, plays, and vocal music dating from 1609 to the present day.
    • The GC has the catalog of the collection in microfilm: Microfilm (2nd Floor) MIC 2797
    • A link to the collection, along with a research guide, is available online at Brown University:  
  • Three centuries of drama : American and English, 1500-1800
    • A collection of approximately 5350 English plays and about 250 American plays, including every important play published in the English language in England during the period 1500 through 1800, and in the United States from 1714 through 1830. It also includes manuscripts never before published.
    • Microform Reference - PR 1241 .W4 1966


Online Plays