American Theatre

American Theatre is a magazine containing news, features and opinions on American and international theatre. Published six times a year by the Theatre Communications Group, this periodical was founded in 1984.Subjects for American Theatre include drama and theatre. Nicole Estvanik Taylor is the Managing Editor and Jim O' Quinn is the Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, February

Aasif Mandvi: THE ASSIMILATION GAME
A versatile actor populates Sakina's Restaurant As mesmerizing Islamic chants drown under the rasp of Springsteen rock, Aasif Mandvi glides deftly across the narrow stage. He leaps in space and time from a dusty village in India to the frenzied...
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An Almost Holy Picture
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Heather McDonald's plays include Dream of a Common Language, Rain & Darkness, The Rivers and Ravines, Available Light and Faulkner's Bicycle. She directed both Dream and Faulkner at Theatre of the First Amendment in Washington,...
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Death and the River
In Atlanta, an Albanian playwright surveys his haunted homeland Most North Americans had little if any knowledge of Albania before the war in Kosovo gave us sound-bite-sized bits of information on this most isolated of European nations. Even then,...
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Do I Hear a Waltz?
For many of us who grew up outside of major urban centers, our first exposure to professional theatre came through the original Broadway cast album. I still cannot listen to "Wonderful Guy" without hearing Mary Martin, "If I Were a Rich Man" without...
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Editor's Note
Whither the American musical theatre? It's a question that no one's been able to answer with any semblance of certainty for the past several decades. The lively observations on the subject in this issue of American Theatre don't offer conclusions either,...
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Entrances & Exits
The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival of Madison has appointed Debbie Chinn as its new managing director. Chinn fills the post left by Michael Stotts, who ended his nine-year tenure with the festival last October and has since taken on the position of...
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Fall Forum Examines Theatre Governance
More than 130 trustees and artistic and managing leaders of TCG theatres gathered in New York Nov. 5-7 for a weekend-long fall forum exploring "Effective Governance for Changing Times." Keynote speaker Tom Hall, the outgoing managing director of San...
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In Memoriam
Tony award-winning actress and comedienne Madeline Kahn died in December after a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57 years old. Kahn had a long and illustrious career on stage, screen and television, beginning with her Broadway debut in...
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Ken Nintzel: BY THE BOOK
How to stage manage a Richard Foreman show and survive UP until last year, I had to come home after rehearsal and lie down and take a nap because my head was spinning. Stage managing for him is constant: You can't yawn, you can't do anything but...
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Letters to the Editor
WEST OUT WEST Your article "Sex in the City" (Dec. '99) erroneously stated that the recent production of Mae West's Sex by the New York--based Hourglass Group is the first time the play has been produced since it was shut down by the New York vice...
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Magic Bus
It's a balmy Sunday night in San Francisco's Mission District, and a crowd is gathering on the corner of 16th Street and Potrero. At 8 p.m. sharp, a fully equipped tourist bus roars up, and soon the coach is barreling out of the District with a chatty...
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Mother Knows Best
A working actress comes to grips with parenthood Backstage, half-hour has been called We're warmed-up, made-up, mostly clothed... and missing a cast member. The clock ticks. An expectant audience enters the theatre. Twenty minutes... fifteen..,...
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Rue with a Difference
At first Christi Stewart-Brown didn't get it. When Jack Reuler, the artistic director of Minneapolis's Mixed Blood Theatre, asked the Washington, D.C.-based playwright to adapt the 1994 bestseller Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls,...
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Short Shrift in the Arts Press
Television, movies and music dominate arts coverage in newspapers at the expense of theatre, dance and the visual arts, a recent study by Columbia University has found. In addition, cultural listings occupy 50 percent of the space in the arts section...
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Something's Coming
Musical theatre artists at seven U.S. companies look a head to adventurous projects currently in the works NEW MUSICALS, CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HAS IT, aren't the business of America's nonprofit resident theatres--they're too expensive, too cumbersome,...
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The Case of the Missing Melodies
Musical-theatre detectives stalk the trail of the classics SIXTY-ODD YEARS may seem a long time for the making of an original cast recording. But that's how long it took for the legendary musical Strike Up the Band to wind up on an album--and it...
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The Lyricist Nobody Knows
The forgotten pioneer John Latouche is rediscovered In the 1954 musical The Golden Apple, lyricist John Latouche wrote about being "doomed, doomed, doomed to disappear without a trace." He might have been describing his own future. Latouche died...
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The Smart Set
These brainy new composers may be the hope of the American musical theatre THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE IS HAVING A GOOD patch, but its future is terribly tenous. "Today I wrote some thing I like, so I feel sure of my talent and will probably feel...
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The Way We Were
We're ignoring a treasure trove of spicy, savvy commentary on America's cultural past I've wined and dined on Mulligan stew And never wished for turkey, As I hitched and hiked and drifted, too, From Maine to Albuquerque... So sings a...
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Tom Hall: The Welfare of the Art
The deeper we got into the question of governance, the more I began to see that we were using the wrong yardstick to measure our success. I am extremely proud of our institutional accomplishments, but they don't begin to touch the soul of the work...
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Tom Hall: The Welfare of the Art
The deeper we got into the question of governance, the more I began to see that we were using the wrong yardstick to measure our success. I am extremely proud of our institutional accomplishments, but they don't begin to touch the soul of the work...
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X Marks the Spot
"I see Yiddish theatre as a newly discovered ancestor of our company," remarks John Schneider, director, actor, playwright and visionary. He's talking about Milwaukee's Theatre X, an outfit that's a little in the ancestor line itself, boasting a 30-year...
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