Today, we’re welcoming Ms. Muzzi’s Grade 11/12 Drama class to the Library.
Ms. Muzzi wants you to find theatre reviews of current plays, which can be tricky.
Do we really need to know what a random person on TikTok thinks about The Shark is Broken? Probably not.
What you need are real reviews, ideally from people who know what they’re talking about.
So, with that, I’ve gathered a collection of websites that should really help.
Toronto Specific Sites
Now Toronto This biweekly publication is a Toronto institution, and its theatre reviews have been a part of their work since being founded in 1981. You’ll be able to read theatre reviews of plays (small and large) from their resident critics. Free and topical, it’s a great source.
Stage-Door The “oldest theatre review website in Ontario was founded in 1994 to cover all theatre-related news in southwestern Ontario”. Their goal is to “chronicle the wealth of theatre in the province through news, reviews and production listings.” They have archived reviews and they are written professionally with an eye to proper critiquing standards.
International Sites Broadway World Featuring reviews of plays on Broadway and in countries all over the world, including Canada, Broadway World provides a list of abstracts of full reviews are featured with links to the full review. In some cases, it’ll bring to a Paywall end (Like the NYT or WSJ) but in other cases, you can access the full review (I.e., Variety, New York Stage Review, etc.,). For example, click HERE for a collection of reviews about The Piano Lesson.
New York Theatre Guide Discover more about Broadway shows playing right now and find out more about Broadway theatre in New York City. New York Theatre Guide employs multiple critics to cover a wide range of Broadway shows in order to ensure a diversity of opinion. Scroll through recent and past Broadway show reviews from New York Theatre Guide below.I can’t imagine it’d take more than 10 minutes to show them how to access those sites and they’d have the rest of class to get to the nitty-gritty.
In Period 4, Ms. Nikkel’s ATC3/4M Dance Class will be coming into the Library to research their Dance Style Research Assignment.
The TDSB Virtual Library’s Dance Guide The Library Services team at Tippett Centre has put together a list of resources to help the Dance Enthusiast and those who just happen to be taking dance classes. Filled with lots of videos, research tools and databases, this is a great place to start.
Queensborough Community College : Dance Resources This New York State based community college has a great series of links to consult when studying dance, as well as some they suggest avoiding! That’s some added value! There’s links for database and many other resources too!
Wikipedia Yeah, that’s right… Wikipedia is not without use. When students piggyback off the References from Wikipedia, students can really get a head start with some solid information.
Today you’re here to do some research connected to your novel.
Two great databases are Global Issues in Context and Canadian Encyclopedia, both found in the Virtual Library. They are password-protected when you’re at home so make sure you know where to find them in the Virtual Library. (Hint: look for the Orange Passwords Icon)
An external source that provides a good, neutral overview of countries and their history, political situations, etc is the CIA World Factbook.
As a reminder, it’s a good idea to keep track of your information and the sites you use so that you are easily able to format your Works Cited page in MLA.