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Key Point: To search for books on theater, use the spelling "theater," not "theatre."
To find books on various subjects, it is helpful to search by Subject Headings. Subject headings containing the word "theater" refer to drama as acted on the stage; the word "theaters" refers to facilities for staging drama; "drama" refers to plays as literary works. If you want to find books about a particular playwright, search that person's name as a subject heading. Here are some useful subject headings:
Selected Online Reference Sources
Included are the three volumes of the Cambridge History of American Theatre and the Cambridge History of British Theatre.
American Women Playwrights
...and many other titles.