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. 10, December

1999 2000 National Council for the American Theatre
The National Council for the American Theatre is composed of trustees from theatres around the country who meet periodically to discuss common issues and concerns, and function as a resource for TCG to help us better serve trustees and boards. The...
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A Letter to the President
NOV. 8, 2000 Dear Mr. President and newly elected federal officials, whomever you may be: I'm not as yet sure who will actually receive this letter: Someone is going to finally win in Florida, someone else isn't. But I can't wait any longer to...
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Charlayne Woodard One on One
The actress's plummiest roles may be those she's creating for herself When Charlayne Woodard hit Manhattan in the late 1970s, she was an idealistic, young Goodman School of Drama grad hungry to take on meaty roles in serious plays. "I came to town...
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Cultivating and Celebrating the Artistic Talent and Achievements of the Field
ARTISTIC PROGRAMS TCG's artistic programs address the diverse needs of both theatre organizations and individual artists. In addition to serving as a catalyst for the expansion of aesthetic sensibilities, these programs promote communication between...
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Entrances & Exits
There has been a major reshuffling at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y.: Kevin Moriarty, a New York City-based director, has been named the company's new artistic director. In addition, two new positions have been created: Lisa Bushlow, formerly the...
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Have Wig, Will Travel
Oh, the glama! Most Bowie-smitten victims of botched sex-change operations don't get out much, but Hedwig--the "internationally ignored song stylist" and hero(ine) of Hedwig and the Angry Inch--made such a rhinestoned splash in New York last season...
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Increasing the Organizational Efficiency of Our Member Theatres
MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS TCG's management programs conduct research and provide resource information to theatre managers and trustees, illuminating the condition, needs and achievements of the theatre community. The programs also provide professional...
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In Memoriam
David W. Wieken, Oregon Shakespeare Festival company stage manager, died in September of complications resulting from a climbing accident. Wieken was an integral member of OSF's company for seven seasons and worked on 18 different productions, including...
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James J. Lawless: 1936-2000
Actor James J. Lawless died in September at the age of 64. He was a founding member of the Denver Center Theatre Company and an original member of Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater. The following is a remembrance by playwright Steven Dietz. I am one...
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London's Double-Sided Siren Song
How do Brit audiences really feel about Daryl Hannah and Macaulay Culkin? Britain and America are supposed to enjoy a special relationship, although in theatre circles one can't always be sure. On the surface, of course, London and New York seem...
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Love among the Ruins
Charles L. Mee's plays are suddenly everywhere All you need is love. And a personal patron makes a big difference, too. Since 1986, Charles, L. Mee has created theatre texts that are as personal as a nightmare and as public as a town meeting...
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Manifest Destiny
After 25 years, Steppenwolf heads for the musical frontier with Little Jo Within hours of her arrival in southwest Idaho, Josephine Monaghan is robbed, kicked off a train, propositioned, kidnapped, beaten and raped. "I don't know how you got yourself...
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Mona Lisa Loves Mambo
THE cast list isn't what you'd expect--Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci--but then again, neither is Hello Dali: From the Sublime to the Surreal, running through Dec. 17 at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater. The acoustic revue exhibits...
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Promoting a Larger Public Understanding of and Appreciation for the Theatre Field
ACT II CONFERENCE From June 16-18, 2000, 225 leaders of the commercial and not-for-profit theatre sectors came together for the first time since 1974 at ACT II, a conference jointly organized by TCG and the League of American Theatres and Producers....
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Remembering When Musicals Were in Their Prime
A gallery of star vehicles returns via Decca remasterings JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, DECCA Broadway has reissued the original cast recordings of a number of legendary musicals from the '40s and '50s. The CD masterings by Greg Calbi are excellent,...
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Shiraishi Conjures 99 Tales, but No Ghosts
In the United States, I was asked the strangest question," remarks Kayoko Shiraishi, the doyenne of the Japanese stage who performed her one-woman show 100 Stories (Hyaku Monogatari) in cities across America last season. "I was asked how I move from...
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The Profit in Nonprofit
THERE'S A NEW SYMBIOSIS A DEUX BETWEEN THE COMMERCIAL AND NOT FOR-PROFIT THEATRE, SAYS A PIONEERING THEATREMAKER--BUT LET'S BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE LOADED LANGUAGE WE USE TO DESCRIBE IT When Zelda Fichandler joined the 220-plus theatre professionals--half...
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The Visible but Invisible Gem
"How strange that, seeing you, I was unseeing. "--Andres (Horace), The Bungler (L'Etourdi) (1655), Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, translation by Richard Wilbur When I told a gathering of dramaturgs and educators at the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs...
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The Wit and Wisdom of Abe Burrows
Abe Burrows, the legendary director of such Broadway gems as Guys and Dolls, Can-Can and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, spent more than 50 years "in the business." He wrote jokes with Frank Galen, corresponded with Sid Caesar and...
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What Is So Rare as a New Moliere?
The nature of comedy itself is under scrutiny in a rousing Long Wharf production Lelie, a well-to-do gentleman, loves Celie, a gypsy slave, but he can't woo her successfully because both parties' stuffy and greedy guardians pose serious obstacles....
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What the Dickens?
TURNING MARLEY'S FACE INTO A DOORKNOB IS JUST PROBLEM NUMBER ONE FOR CAROL ADAPTORS SEVEN YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH Jacob Marley is given one of the best-known kiss-offs in English literature: "Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever...
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White Nights
Finnish art takes the spotlight at the Tampere Theatre Festival The technology of one era, Marshall McLuhan observed, yields the aesthetic of the next. It's a maxim that seems tailor-made for Tampere, Finland, a handsome 19th-century mill town turned...
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Who's Teaming Up in the Tug-of-War among the Two Theatre Sectors, Pop Culture and the Press?
Journalist Michael Janewey, who is the director of Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program, acted as a "fly on the wall" reporter during the Act II conference. At the final session, he presented insights and conclusions based on his...
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