The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Volume 2
"The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama covers the period from 1860 to the present. ... The distinctive feature of this encyclopedia is the emphasis it places on the cultural context of dramatic works and their authors."--Preface.
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I have both volumes of this encyclopedia, and I have nothing but praise for it. I refer to it more often than any other book or books I have on the theater. I feel it was well worth the money spent.
This reference is inaccurate in its description of the play "Dear Yelena Sergeevna" by Lyudmila Razumovskaya. This book asserts that play ends with the suicide of the teacher; the end is, in fact, left ambiguous.