The basic concepts that work in Discover GALILEO will also work in ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Refer to the Finding Articles tab for a refresher of some search strategies.
Keep your searches simple to the name of the play and/or playwright.
You can then choose a publication date or date range that will uncover reviews of the play when it was first performed.
The publication date can help limit your results that are more relevant to your search, especially if there are later productions of the play (or movie) that you are not interested in finding reviews for.
In ProQuest Historical Newspapers, you can enter the dates (in the required format) or use the slider bars to narrow down to the appropriate years.